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In his essay Civil Disobedience Thoreau insists that Many gofishing all their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they areafter People tend to replace important things in their lives withobjects or he thought of material possessions Materialistic obsessionsare held by individuals who lack control of their livesReverend Samuel Parris of Arthur Millers The Crucible speaks boldlyas he demands the deed for the church meeting-house There is eitherobedience or the church will burn like Hell is burning 28 Parrisinsists on assuming ownership of the meeing-house because he has been inthe town for three years yet he owns nothing Even his home is owned bythe church therefore the town He also requests more money though hisfinancial situation is ideal Everything is provided by the churchexcept firewood He is given a monthly allowance which covers hisfirewood expenses He is defined by his greediness John Proctorrefuses to enter the church since Parris began preaching of goldencandlesticks I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hearhim preach only hellfire and bloody damnation Take it to heart MrParris There are many others who stay away from church these daysbecause you hardly ever mention God anymore Miller 27 Proctoralong with other parishioners believe that Parris is drifting away fromthe purpose of the church while he is actively trying to gain theirrespect He is attempting to gain money the meeting-house and goldencandlesticks when he wants job securityLiving alongside a materialistic predominately white society PecolaBreedlove of Toni Morrisons The Bluest Eye saw eerything shes everwanted around her None of it was ever her own She sees people aroundher that look happier than her own family and they are all white richand beautiful She becomes obsessed with the idea of equating beautywith happiness and ultimately decides that she would be much happier ifshe had blue eyes It had occurred to Pecola some time ago that if hereyes those eyes that held the pictures and knew the sights-if thoseeyes of hers
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