The Persuit of Happiness in Ernest Hemngway's “a Clean, Well-Lighted Place”

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THE PERSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN ERNEST HEMNGWAY’S

“A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE”

IRSYADA K2250408007

TITIS HERLYANA2250408009

DIANA N. BEDAGAAMA2250408016

RENI RACMAWATI2250408018

INTRODUCTION

People need happiness in their life. We can say that our goal in our life is happiness. A lot of people are seeking for happiness, but they usually don’t understand what happiness is. In this paper, we are going to find the answer of what happiness is and how can we get the happiness itself.

The Happiness and How to Get It

Firstly, we have to answer our fundamental question, what the happiness is. Jeremy Dean gives a good quote that “Happiness is satisfaction with life as a whole.” But sometimes we can’t understand what our satisfaction is. Many people assume that their satisfaction is money. Let’s we look at this poem, is the truly happiness money?

Money Is Not Everything...
Money can buy a house
but not a home.
Money can buy a bed
but not sleep.
Money can buy a clock
but not time.
Money can buy a book
but not knowledge.
Money can buy food
but not appetite.
Money can buy position
but not respect.
Money can buy blood
but not life.
Money can buy medicine
but not health.
Money can buy sex
but not love.
Money can buy insurance
but not safety.
Ask yourself, can money really buy the happiness?

This poem tells us that money could buy many things in the world, except happiness. As the story tells us, the old man was drawn as a rich-man, but he still couldn’t find the truly happiness in his life because for him the happiness isn’t wealth. In fact, many people around him thought that he had what human need, “Money”. For somebody that hasn’t found the happiness, he will try to find it until he really finds it in many ways. The true...
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