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Comparative Essay on the Characterization of Windows and A Devoted Son

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Comparative Essay on the Characterization of Windows and A Devoted Son The two stories "Windows" and "Devoted Son" both have the same universal theme. Happiness is not based on wealth or material objects. When Leah was growing up she lived in poverty but was still happy where as the old man was wealthy yet still unhappy. Leah and the old man became happy emotionally not materialistically, and both Leah's and the old man's families were materialistic and unhappy. Leah grew up on a small farm in Estonia, and was not very wealthy. She had to share a bed with her sisters. Even though she did not have a lot of money, she was still happy and enjoyed life. ...read more.

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The window represented her youth, which made her remember her happiness as a child. The window reminded her of happy she was, and reminiscing about her past made her feel that happiness again. The old man had everything from great wealth to great healthcare to prolong his life, but he could not find happiness through these things. His idea of happiness was living life to the fullest until the end, but he did not get to. It reached a point where he could not do anything that made him happy because it was all bad for his health. He was so miserable that the only thing that could make him happy was death, and it did. ...read more.

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To achieve this goal he had to fight very hard. So hard that once he got what he wanted, he realized that the reward was not worth the fight. This is true because not once in the story when he was rich did t say he was happy, the only happiness he experienced was when he was poor. Having nice things and a lot of money does not provide true happiness. Leah was happy when she was poor and the old man was unhappy when he was rich. Leah and the old man became happy emotionally not materialistically, and both of their families were very materialistic but the old man's rich family was just as unhappy as Leah's poor family. ...read more.

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