Does Money Buy Happiness

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Joey Weisbrod

Mrs. Stern

English pd. 2

9 May 2014

Does Money Buy Happiness?

During the 1950s, America was starting to change socially, politically, and economically. In today's society, the saying money cannot buy happiness is starting to be proven otherwise, but that thought still stands. Throughout the years, studies have been conducted on whether money buys happiness and have shown the relationship between one's income, their health, and personal well-being. The play A Raisin in the Sun takes place during the 1950s where inflation was starting to occur, and the Civil Rights Movement was happening. The economy was starting to grow, but about 25% of citizens were living in poverty such as African Americans in urban areas. The Younger family in A Raisin in the Sun is suffering with their lack of income, and the man of the house, Walter Lee Younger endeavors to escape their struggles. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee Younger believes his personal happiness can only be achieved by becoming rich, but does money truly buy one's happiness?

Around the world, there is much controversy of whether money can buy happiness.

Some believe that money can buy all of the luxuries in life, which makes a person happy, while others believe that money is a burden and complicated thing in life. Happiness is defined as a feeling of luck, fortune, and contentment according to the Oxford Dictionary. Happiness to some people is to be able to live a healthy life having access to food, water, and shelter. Happiness to others is having all of the newest technology or clothing around, not just the basic necessities of life. Different people have different feelings of personal happiness based on certain viewpoints in their lives.

In A Raisin in the Sun, the setting is set...