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According to Aristotle happiness is the highest good being a realization and perfect practice of virtue which some can attain while others have little or none of it Happiness could mean many things to different people depending on ones beliefs and values Still the greatest happiness for most is achieving ones dreams and aspirations What price if any is one willing to pay for happiness Can an individual be happy however when other human beings suffer Can the ability to give and share make a person happier These and some other questions and ideas are addressed in the story Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov A Pocketful of Prose Vol I The narrator Ivan Ivanich talks about his brother Nikolai who was an office clerk Nikolai worked very hard saved every cent married an ugly wealthy widow He lived thriftily never ate or drank his fill dressed anyhow like a beggar and saved up all his money in a bank177 All this for just one dream one aspiration country life But how much is one willing to sacrifice in order to achieve a dream The years passed he was over forty and was still reading advertisements in papers and saving up 177 Finally five years after his wifes death Nikolai started to look for an estate Many years later the narrator visits his brother He was no longer the poor timid clerk but a true proprietor a gentleman 178 He now seemed to be a very happy and maybe a little bit of an arrogant man Nikolai was very pleased with the gooseberries which he had wanted to grow his entire life and now he could at last taste the fruits I saw before me a really happy man one whose dearest wish had come true 179 In this story gooseberries symbolize Nikolais achievement Even though the berries may seem delicious at first later the taste becomes bitter and sour The same is true for Nikolais life
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