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In George Saunder's book, "Civil War Land in Bad Decline," specifically his story, "Bounty," two groups of individuals, the Normals and the Flaweds, struggle in the pursuit for happiness. In their effort to achieving this, their personal identity is great

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Rosemary Marzouk English Composition 102 Walker February 7, 2007 Identity Defined Through Happiness Happiness defined results from the possession of or attainment of what one considers good. It does not come from a set of circumstances that have occurred in our lives; instead it results from a set of attitudes and emotions that we feel. In today's world, how many of us can actually admit to having found true happiness? Not many. In George Saunder's book, "Civil War Land in Bad Decline," specifically his story, "Bounty," two groups of individuals, the Normals and the Flaweds, struggle in the pursuit for happiness. In their effort to achieving this, their personal identity is greatly compromised and therefore defined by their income or economical class. Satisfaction/happiness today, seems like a never-ending journey filled with false motivations to achieving it, such as freedom, money, love, or materialistic needs, and justified by futile hope and the degrading of others. ...read more.

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The slave buyer's position in society justifies to him that it is okay to give daily beatings to others in order to use them for your benefit which was the money and eventually in impressing a woman named Carlotta. Therefore, the slave buyer's false justification compromised his actions and redefined what happiness should be. What we assume will bring us happiness defines who we are. What the Normals thought would bring them satisfaction greatly varied from what the Flaweds described as happiness thus validating the great gap in such classes. The Flaweds wanted to escape their slavery; therefore happiness to them was freedom, which in their world could only be attained if one was a Normal. Saunders reveals Connie's struggle for happiness when he states, "..She fell for a Client, the Normal son of a transportation mogul...then while touring with his parents, he saw her hunched over... and that was that...Connie's flaw is a slight, very slight, vestigial tail...she went through a bad depression and tried to sand it off...When she came out she was humiliated and refused to speak" (p.96-97). ...read more.

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At the end of "Bounty," after Cole finds his sister and makes sure that she is okay, he continues to find something else to do in keeping him busy by joining the rebel group at the end. This is the scary truth that we face in our daily lives. We need to go to college, find a career that will grant us great money, and settle down. At the end we call this happiness. The more we have going for us in our lives, the more content we are. Think about plastic surgery. After fixing one flaw, we discover another, and until we fix all of them, we end up feeling "happy." We fail to hold on to what is more important, such as health, family, and security, and cling to what society portrays to us should be happiness. In "Bounty," Cole fails to realize from the very start that he was better off in Bountyland with his daily meals and sense of security. We must redefine what happiness is and by doing this, we create a new and better identity for ourselves. ...read more.

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