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Does the possession of money or material possessions lead to happiness Or does it lead to destruction In his story The Rocking Horse Winner DH Lawrence depicts an example of how the pursuit of materialistic items will lead to destruction The Destructors by Graham Greene also exemplifies the pursuit of material satisfaction in the form of notoriety which also leads to destruction These authors argue that the pursuit of material possessions gives a false sense of happiness and that this pursuit only leads to destruction In both stories the authors create characters who believe that the pursuit of materialistic ends will lead to happiness In The Rocking Horse Winner Pauls mother in a search for happiness equates having stuff with her social status which the author illustrates with the statement that they felt themselves superior to anyone in the neighborhood Lawrence 302 This woman wants her notoriety The mother had a small income the father had a small income but not nearly enough for the social position Lawrence 302 To achieve this she needs money To her this equation is the solution to her happiness However her problem is that the more she acquires the more she wants The author illustrates this spiraling desire by showing what happened when the household gains more possessions And yet the voices in the house simply trilled and screamedthere must be more money Oh-h-h there must be more money Oh now now-w Now-w there must be more money - more than ever Lawrence 311 The money from Paul does not quench her thirst but only serves to make her thirstier In The Destructors Trevor brings up an idea to destroy an old mans house The Wormsley Common car-park gang would be famous There would be headlines in the paper Greene 120 The Wormsley gang would even receive notoriety a certain social standing among other gangs even the biggest of gangs in their town Even the
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