Essay about The Diamond As Big As The Ritz

834 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout time, people have constantly attempted to seek out what happiness in relationship truly is, and, if possible, how to achieve this happiness. The idea of what happiness in relationship is has changed often, and is dependent on the environment that the people live in. “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin shows how the time period, the community, and who the person with interact affect the idea of what happiness truly is. Because of this, what happiness in relationships is, and how to achieve it, will be continually changing. The differences between “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” and “The Story of an Hour” is in the novella, “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz”, Kismine Washington is Percy’s youngest sister and the love interest for John T. Unger. After discovering that he will soon be killed if he does not find a way to leave, Kismine decides to run away with John and follow through with their plans to marry. Despite John’s realization and anger of being nothing “much better than a corpse,” as soon as Kismine vows to go with him, John’s “love for her returned and settled placidly on his heart” (Fitzgerald 101). Just as Kismine viewed John as a commodity, John’s biggest reason for marrying her seems to be her money. Fitzgerald captures “the glamorous, excitement, seduction, and powers of money” so well that even when John knows he will die, he still searches for a way to continue to experience the…

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