The Definition Of Happiness In Citizen Kane

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Happiness is a word that I believe has never truly been defined, and never truly will be defined. Many people have taken up the challenge to try to put a definition to this word, or rather idea, of happiness. I believe these people have succeed in their failure. They failed to put a universal definition on the word, but succeeded in finding what happiness is in their life. Through writing this I am attempting to do the same and I hope to succeed in the same way that others before me have. Although my definition may be different from others, and different from what society tells me it should be, it is a definition that I believe in. Happiness is making the most out of every situation that life throws you into. "That is why, for Christ's sake,…show more content…
Society sees happiness being attained through money and the things that can be bought with that money. I think we have the media to blame for this skewed view on what will make you happy. Even in the midst of all these examples of why that doesn't hold true people are still perusing that wealth that they think will make them happy. One such example is the movie Citizen Kane. Kane, who is the main character, is one of the wealthiest men in america but is unhappy until the day that he dies. The movie, produced to send a message about capitalism, portrays him and all of his struggles, while he lives in a palace and buys off his friends. Kane was just one stereotype of why that idea of wealth being the equivalent of happiness is…show more content…
He took the side of Snoopy from the Peanuts when he said, "My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?" Porter believes that happiness comes more from being at ease with where your life is. He isn't as big of a believer as I am that happiness stems from making the most of your situation, or having the right mindset to deal with those situations. He sides more with the idea that happiness is found in pursuing the things that make you happy. He also provides other examples throughout his essay of what humanity thinks happiness is. Eduardo talks about people responding differently when asked about their lifetime happiness based on their happiness at the moment. He also talks about society generally perusing wealth and well-being to become happy. I think Porter's views are closer to mine than they are to what society's views are generalized as. We see eye to eye in some ways. He believes that our choices, and the things we pursue in making them are a dictation of weather we will be happy or not. This ties in with my stance that striving for the best in every circumstance will make you

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