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Gundlach 1 Ellie Gundlach Theron Westrope English 101 15 March 2016 Happiness NEED HOOK. Over two thousand years ago, Aristotle wrote his book Rhetoric. In it, he wrote his definition of happiness. For him, happiness included qualities such as health and beauty. Today, some of the points made in Rhetoric could be labeled irrelevant, as the definition of happiness has evolved over the years. However, the foundations Aristotle based his definition on could still ring true, even in today’s culture. After examining the definition of happiness in Rhetoric, it seems Aristotle’s views on excellence in body and family have both irrelevant and relevant roles today. Aristotle’s definition of happiness, as related to beauty, is not relevant today. His constant emphasis could now be found to be materialistic and irrelevant. Today, everyone is told they are beautiful, regardless of their physical health or stature. Those who find themselves lacking in physical beauty are constantly told to love themselves. The element of loving yourself for who you are is not profoundly recognized in Aristotle’s essay.
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