Seeking Happiness Essay

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The Great Gatsby is a non-fictional story about the incapability of wealth and power to guarantee happiness. Similar areas of unfulfillment are present, in Rules of Civility, but in a more reality based world. Indeed, in both the two novels, the narrator (guide) in the end is separated from everyone else, due to carelessness relationships around revolving around the characters. Wealth and power can assist in gaining a great reputation amongst other, however fails to give self-gratification from satisfied relationship. In novels, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Rules of Civility by Armor Towles the protagonist are all misled by their belief in an idea of the super-rich, but ultimately cannot find happiness because their relationships are unfulfilling.
Both narrators, Kate and Nick, are under the influence of the richness during 1920s and 1930s. The events in their life indicate that everything happening to them is new and have never witness before and feel like outcastes. In parallel, both the reluctant narrators become involved with the super-rich from the modest backgrounds.
The 1920s was time for dramatic, social and political changes. Societies went from being rural based to more urban. The cities included numerous parties hosted by the rich. Nick Carraway’s character also experiences such changes in his lifestyle as he is exposed to these new atmospheres. He has just moved in the city of New York in a village called “West egg”. After meeting Daisy, Nick hears of a man named Gatsby, a wealthy well repudiated man that throws big parties and ironically, is Nick’s neighbor. Nick has always had a suspicion about someone form the big mansion next door is watching him. Until one day he gets an invitation to one of Gatsby’s big bizarre parties. “This is an unusually party for me. I haven’t even seen the host. I live over there—’ I waved my hand at the invisible hedge in the distance, ‘and this man Gatsby sent over his chauffeur with and invitation.’” (Fitzgerald, 52) Nick feels unsuited for he has been invited to because he has never been such a big and bizarre party. “I have been drunk twice in my life and the second time was that afternoon so everything that happened has a dim hazy cast over it although until after eight o’clock that apartment was full of cheerful sun”. (Fitzgerald, 33) Nick again faces a similar situation when Tom offers to take Nick into the city with his mistress Myrtle. The character is here is being dragged in the high wealthy super-rich life.
The wealthy super-rich lifestyle also plays a significant role in Katey Kontent’s life. The similarities are present when Kate is also under the influence of all the wealth that she witnesses. When Kate and Eve at new year’s eve party are trying to push three dollars to see how far it can take the two ladies, until a man name Tinker shows claiming to look for his brother. Eve calls “dibs” and luckily Tinker comes and takes off his expensive jacket and throws it...

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