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Money and Happiness, It Never Works Together. In Goodbye Columbus, Phillip Roth shows that Brenda and her mothers tensions over money, Brendas lifestyle decisions about money (including the nose job), and the obvious generation gap shows

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Money and Happiness, It Never Works Together Word Count: 875 Often times if you inherit a large amount of money your life can change forever much like in a lottery, however if you are not careful you may just be the opposite of happy. However, businessmen who earn their money are proud of it, just ask lottery winners who have had their lives altered because of that. Well, in Goodbye, Columbus the Patimkin family act a lot like lottery winners, Mr. Patimkin a wealthy businessman has a spoiled family who in actually doesn't seems happy with their wealth. As more and more problems started to arise with money, things started to unravel with the family. In Goodbye Columbus, Phillip Roth shows that Brenda and her mother's tensions over money, Brenda's lifestyle decisions about money (including the nose job), and the obvious generation gap shows that financial success does not always lead to happiness. Brenda and her mother have issues about money, and Brenda's apparent laziness over having maids leads her to believe she can do whatever she wants. ...read more.

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Therefore, Brenda and her mother's constant fighting show that they have plenty of tension between them to prove that money never has led to personal happiness. While Brenda and her mother have personal issues that lead to money not giving them happiness, Brenda's personal decisions & her lifestyle have dictated her way on not being happy with money. Brenda always has a mindset that her maids Carlotta and Jenny do everything when in reality, she is the one that needs to be doing work, as this was stated during her fight with her mother: "My god, mother you'd think we didn't have Carlota and Jenny" (64). She because of her monetary status (being wealthy) she assumes that she doesn't have any chores to do, however her mother thinks Brenda should help more around the house (and in a way calls her spoiled): "When is the last time you lifted a finger to help around here?", therefore in a way their social and economic status had led to money being a problem because of their fighting. ...read more.

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However, his kids (the next generation) are exactly the opposite, instead of buying thinks from discount stores and working hard they are getting nose jobs, relying on their maids, and going to country clubs which are all things upper class people do. There defiantly is a generation gap between the working class Mr. and Mrs. Patimkin, and the spoiled Brenda, Ron, and even Julie Patimkin. The Patimkins are not a dysfunctional family by any means, in fact they are a loving family by many aspects, they respect each other, and in the end it is money that implodes the family. It is unknown if the family's generation gap is filled, but judging by the attitude of the children it seems that they may never be happy in their spirits. And while it seems that money is keeping them happy on the surface, maybe it is money that is driving them apart. Just ask anyone that ever won the lottery and you will know that their lives have change drastically, much like the Patimkins live have changed once they realized that. ?? ?? ?? ?? Garret Albertson February 15, 2012 ENG 112 ...read more.

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