Money and Lifestyle

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Submitted By ngarland
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Natalie Garland
Professor Marshik
Second Paper Assignment
November 25, 2014

The Ease of Life that Money Delivers

The “comforts of home” go beyond serving just a person’s physical being, but provide comfort on a mental level as well. For artists, the state that occupies their mind is crucial to either succeeding, or failing with their craft. In George Orwell’s Keep The Aspidistra Flying, Gordon Comstock is a writer who firmly believes that the art of writing cannot be accomplished if an artist is fueled by the ‘money god.’ By embarking on a personal journey against the forces of capitalism evident in society, Gordon Comstock finds himself on the verge of complete poverty, with no improvement as an artist, then when he was a middle-class citizen. On the opposite end of things, is Stephen Gordon in The well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe Hall, who has grown up in a wealthy home her entire life, and has never had to sacrifice her work in order to work to support herself monetarily. Looking at these two artists, a reader is able to see that monetary wealth does play a significant role on an artist’s career, and can see between the two protagonists being scrutinized, that one must contain this wealth. Wealth is a privilege that opens many doors for a person, allowing for a predetermined path to success. This path is carved out not only by familial history and social standing, but also by the lack of adversity that an individual will have to face when trying to succeed as an artist. In Orwell’s Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Gordon Comstock is someone who detests the capitalist society he lives in, so much so, that he has left his professional job as a sacrifice to improve his writing career. Gordon had been working for an advertising firm, where he was able to utilize his literary skills, and was highly regarded in this position, but could not help but feel like he…...

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