Fiction Essay- the Relationship Between Money and Happiness

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The Relationship between Money and Happiness

In our society, people often put great emphasis on materials and possessions. Many believe that having more money would make them happier in life; but does money really provide true happiness? Having the money to provide food, clothing, and shelter is essential for everyone’s well-being and happiness, but after those basic needs are fulfilled more money just offers materials not necessarily happiness. According to D.H. Lawrence, author of “The Rocking Horse Winner,” money provides everything but happiness. In “The Rocking Horse Winner,” Lawrence portrays a young boy named Paul who tries to win his mother’s love by gambling for money. Paul’s mother is very materialistic and
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Paul’s family is so obsessed about money and materials that the house is whispering “there must be more money.” These examples display how people are never satisfied and that they continually want more and more.

Often times people encounter more problems when having more money. According to Katie Norman, writer and investigator for The Western Mail newspaper, winning the lottery can be traumatic. Norman reveals the negative side of winning the lottery and shows it can affect the relationship between husbands and wives. Norman provides an example couple who say they were happier before they won the lottery when they just had each other. One individual said, “I can’t blame the lottery money for splitting us up but people think that if you are rich then everyday will be sunny. It’s just not like that” (Norman). Throughout “The Rocking Horse Winner” Lawrence attacks the idea that happiness come from the outside, rather than from within; that happiness must take the form of money and goods rather than love. Money can be very deceiving and can direct any individual down a destructive path.

Furthermore, materialistic parents influence the values of their children. If one’s parents base everything in life around money and possessions their children often grow up the same way; then the cycle continues when they infect their children with the same poison they were taught. Teaching

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