Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Revolutionary Road Big Question Blog

What is happiness and what is the degree of importance in one's life?

"Happiness" by The Fray

"Happiness is just outside my window
I thought it'd it crash blowing 80-miles an hour?
Or is happiness a little more like knocking
On your door, and you just let it in?

Happiness feels a lot like sorrow
Let it be, you can't make it come or go
But you are gone- not for good but for now
Gone for now feels a lot like gone for good

Happiness is a firecracker sitting on my headboard
Happiness was never mine to hold
Careful child, light the fuse and get away
'Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks

Happiness damn near destroys you
Breaks your faith to pieces on the floor
So you tell yourself, that's enough for now
Happiness has a violent roar

Happiness is like the old man told me
Look for it, you'll never find it all
But let it go, live your life and leave it
Then one day, wake up and she'll be home"

Happiness is one of the most important thing in anyone's life (So what if that's almost an absolute statement). I would even rank it with oxygen it's that important. But then I have to ask myself, if a person is unhappy with a situation, should should alter their lives or relationships until they feel they can achieve it. Is  the pursuit of happiness the ultimate bringer of unhappiness and is happiness something or someplace tangible for anyone to find?

Happiness and fufillment are such a huge themes in the Richard Yates's novel Revolutionary Road. Because of it (or lack of it) the marriage of Frank and April Wheeler is almost torn apart. Maybe if they tried harder to find contentment in their own lives, Happiness would have snuck into their living room windows. Or Maybe they didn't try hard enough to change their lives and relationships. The Fray's lyrics "Happiness has a violent roar" suits this book. No one never really knows who or where Happiness is. Whoever or wherever he or she is, desire for their attention definitely increases his or her elusiveness.

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