Cyranos De Bergerac Wealth

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A well-known expression is that money can’t buy happiness, yet people fantasize of winning the lottery, living in their dream house, and possessing enough tangible objects to feel satisfied with their lives. Most are under the preconceived notion that the absence of wealth and power translates to hardship and despair. This, however, is not the case, because a self-effacing lifestyle is not an indication of a lower quality of life, and often is better than one of great fortune. People yearn to have the financial independence and capabilities of those in higher ranking positions, and are willing to abandon their morals and own personal well-being if it means being successful. It seems that by reaching a level of wealth in which money is no longer …show more content…

This idea is represented in fictional works as well, such as in the play “Cyrano de Bergerac,” written by Edmund Rostand. Social classes play a major role in the book, specifically as the main character Cyrano is faced with the chance to rise to power with ease. He rejected this opportunity, because he preferred to be “Blessed with an eye for looking at/ things as they really are,…go[ing] along any road under [his] moon, /careless of glory, indifferent to the boon/or bane of fortune, without hope, without fear” (Rostand 70). The fact that Cyrano was entirely capable of rising to aristocracy and still turned down the offer demonstrates that, even in an age where social classes were more strongly emphasized than today, becoming rich did not guarantee that life would be a walk in the park. He hoped to be indifferent to the “bane of fortune” and the burdens it causes, which portrays the concept of riches in a negative light. Living a life of minimal luxuries means living without hope and fear, because it eliminates the need to obsessively worry about losing the wealth and position of power that has been attained. The simplicity of this kind of lifestyle allows for more freedom of decision and opportunity. It could be claimed that the daily struggles of the poor make their lives the more demanding ones, but the struggle to make it through each day is …show more content…

Through the eyes of the prosperous, a lack of wealth indicates a fault in character, while their own success is the product of self-control. Paul Buchheit, who analyzed seven different psychological studies in his article titled “Ways the Poor Are More Ethical Than the Rich,” found that “ample evidence exists to show a correlation between wealth and unethical behavior, ...wealth and a lack of empathy for others, and…wealth and unproductiveness” (Buchheit). The relationship between wealth and poor character implies that when people become rich, they start caring more about maintaining their money supply and less about the well-being of others. As wealth increases, generosity, integrity, modesty, and other positive characteristics diminish. Paul Buchheit also noted that “low-income Americans spend a much higher percentage of their income on genuine charitable giving, [with] about two-thirds of ‘charitable’ donations from the rich go[ing] to their foundations and alma maters” (Buchheit). This proves that the wealthy are generally self-absorbed because a large proportion of them, despite having an abundance of money, refrain from devoting it to those in need. When donations are made, it’s only for their own personal benefit. Because the wealthy are programmed to be self-centered, they fail to serve others with their money and instead serve

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