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The common human nature of brain tends to develop the common
misconception of those who possess wealth and fame posse’s happiness. The
average numbers of wealthy people interviewed every year report back describing
them as being miserable and never truly happy despite their wealth. This
misconception that any common man would believe is due to the fact that one can
never know true wealth unless he has it .When people come upon wealth and start
climbing the social ladder, they tend to lose their moral ethics and become
more corrupt by changing their life style in becoming less humane. Since the
discovery of wealth and social power, society has been divided into two
classes, the ruler and the ruled, the rich and the poor. Charles Dickens’ Great
Expectations and F. Scot Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby contradicts the relation
of wealth and happiness in their books because they both describe the misery of
wealth and that the only way to be truly happy is to reject all superficial and
pursue ones true desires.

 

 

When
someone is so anxious with their social standing in society, they begin to
abandon the things they love and what truly make then happy. In the Great
Expectations, Charles Dickens describes the absence of happiness that comes with
being in a high social class position in society through the character Pip. When
pip was young, he fell in love with Estella and strongly believed that if he
were to become gentlemen, Estella will return his love. He then decides to
dedicate his life to becoming a gentleman. Once Pip made his life plan in
becoming a gentleman, he was given a large amount of fortune from a mysterious
donner who allowed him to move to London to learn how to be a gentleman. Pip
began to develop hatred towards his past common life “Finally, I remember that
when I got into my little bed-room, I was truly retched, and had a strong
conviction on me that I should never like Joe’s trade. I had liked it once, but
once was not now” (Dickens 82). Pip truly believes that his happiness will come
from him becoming a gentleman. In order for him to become one, he must first be
able to fit in the upper class society. Pip learns to hate all lower class
occupations, such as his old occupation in being a blacksmith, and abandon his home.
After achieving his goal in obtaining the title of a gentleman, Pip decides to
meet Estella but to then only get rejected no matter what title or how much
wealth he possessed. Pip then goes through many difficulties and in the end
loses all his fortunes and ends up with a large amount of debt. When Pip arrives
home after his long journey of self-improvement, he realizes that he had missed
so much love from his family, especially from Joe who had even paid off all of
his debts once he arrived “He would sit and talk to me in the old confidence,
and with the old simplicity, and in the old unassertive protecting way, so that
I would half believe that all my life since the days of the old kitchen was one
if the mental troubles of the fever that was gone” (Dickens 366). Once Pip
rejected social standards and started to pursue what makes him actually happy,
he was able to find true happiness and finally obtain Estella’s love.

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Fitsgerald
starts by showing Carraways position in society and how he thinks when he
writes “Everybody I knew was in the bond business, so I supposed it could
support one more single man” (Fitzgerald 3). Carraway was never truly
passionate about the ‘bond business’ but somewhat thinks its juts an opportunity
that his family approved of and was relatively pleasing to him. He wishes to
adventure the East Coast in becoming a luxurious New Yorker and rise in the
social ranks instead of staying a common Middle Eastern man. Over the summer,
Carraway lived in a decent sized home between two huge mansions. During his
time in New York, Nick becomes noticed by many other wealthy and famous
characters including Jay Gastby who allowed him to enjoy the many bonuses of
the upper class life. While his time there, he was able to meet Jordan Bakers
who was a famous athlete. Nick initially enjoys being with her “I was flattered
to go places with her, because she was a golf champion, and everyone knew her
name” (Fitzgerald 57). He enjoys spending time with her because of the
superficial aspects she provides including her beauty, her fame, and her
potions in society. But Nick soon realizes as he spends more and more time with
her that she is very dishonest and is never truly happy no matter her accomplishments
in life. Her unhappiness is shown when he writes “I suppose she had begun
dealing in subterfuges when she was very young in order to keep that cool,
insolent smile turned to the world and yet satisfy the demands of her hard,
jaunty body” (Fitzgerald 58). She had to learn to be ignorant and surprises all
her inner passionate desires to obtain success and be accepted in the upper-class
society. Carraway notices this connection in many other wealthy and famous
characters in the novel. Carraway realizes that often the wealthy and upper
class members of society are either unhappy, or learn to ignore they true
desires and change their perspectives to create an unlawful happiness. After
the death of Jay Gatsby, Nick finally realized the twisted mentality of the
upper class society and when he was given the choice to continue his career in
the bond business as a New Yorker or return back home, he chose to return back
home to his family where he found his true desire of happiness. Nick realizes
that the upper class society is filled with unlawful, fake, unhappy and
superficial people. He decides to abandon the glamorous life to pursue what truly
make him happy. When a person is so concerned with his social status and place
in society, they begin to abandon the things they love and in the end only find
themselves unhappy.