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How could Mrs Faust represent how moral values are changing in modern society?

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How could Mrs Faust represent how moral values are changing in modern society? Mrs Faust is a poem that is based on the German legend that talks of a man who sold his soul to the devil for worldly pleasures. From Mrs Faust's perspective, she had the ideal lifestyle that everyone wants but she wasn't satisfied and began to crave something more than just physical wealth. "I grew to love the lifestyle, not the life." This could suggest that she may have expected that having such a rich, and luxury lifestyle comes with being happy but after she's got all the wealth, she realises that actually there's more to life that just money and material things. She begins to separate her lifestyle from her life and sees where she was previously ignorant about what she really wants. At the beginning of the poem, she talks about being in love with Faust and marrying him when they were students. Duffy uses "we" frequently to show the partnership that Mrs Faust had with her husband and the likeness between them, as well as the happiness that they felt. ...read more.

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An article written in the broadsheet newspaper,1 'The Telegraph', talks about a study done about the correlation between happiness and wealth, and researchers found that even though British people are twice as rich as they were in the 1980s, they are not happier. In fact, another article in2 'The Independent' talks about a study that proved that instead of becoming happier, depression is at the highest point in Britain with suicide rates going up by 16.8 per 100,000 people. The fact that money and wealth does not bring happiness, is shown by Duffy in the poem, towards the end, "For all these years of gagging for it, going for it, rolling in it, I've sold my soul." Faust realises the wrongness of how he lived and he apologises to his wife and confesses that he sold his soul to the devil for his pleasure and lifestyle. A materialistic person is someone who is convinced that by owning material things, it makes them a better person and a happier person. ...read more.

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up right through the terracotta Tuscan tires at Faust's bare feet and dragged him, oddly smirking, there and then straight down to Hell." This is followed by an unemotional response by Mrs Faust and Duffy uses the monosyllabic words "Oh, well" to show that Faust dying has no impact on his wife. The poem shows how moral values have changed in society as time has passed. The view that the ideal lifestyle is to live like the Faust's is widely believed as its glamorous and many people have begun to believe that with money comes happiness, when in fact there is no correlation between the two. Denmark is the happiest country in the world despite on being the richest, according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. This proves that even though society think its morally right to live such a lifestyle to achieve happiness, facts show that people don't have to be rich to be happy. 1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/3557112/Happiness-is-the-measure-of-true-wealth.html - Happiness is the measure of true wealth 2 http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/suicide-and-depression-on-rise-across-uk-2137052.html - Suicide and depression on rise across UK ?? ?? ?? ?? Afifah Hussain Tuesday, 01 February 2011 ...read more.

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