English Composition LLE 102 FJ
29 March 2009
The Founding Fathers, in writing the Declaration of Independence, had a
vision for the emerging nation. Desiring a country in which each citizen should
strive towards liberty and happiness, they mention “that all men are endowed by
their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.
..Life, Liberty and the pursuit of
..” (Declaration of independence- HOW TO CITE). This document does
not guarantee happiness but the right to pursue happiness. The Founding Fathers
had the realization that one may not ever achieve the allusive goal of happiness.
The reason behind the pursuit of happiness is what matters in the end. For most
goals, the path one takes to reach it is as important as achieving it. Whether one
wants personal fulfillment, to improve the quality of life of others, or to _________,
the manner in which one tries to quest for it determines how it concludes. If one
looks for a higher goal than self-satisfaction, then this goal is more attainable and
will not end in a harsh or tragic conclusion. In “How much land does one man
need?”, by Leo Tolstoy the protagonist strives to better their own life
materialistically and socially but ends up destroying (better word) his life. In “The
Revolt of ‘Mother’” by Mary Willkins, Mother sought to better the lives of her
family, even when this angered her relationship with her husband. In his speech,
Patrick Henry tries to promote the concept of liberty to others, helping them to
get freedom for the fledgling nation as a whole in “Liberty or Death”. Through his
efforts, America succeeded in their revolution, handing future generations the
right to their most basic freedoms- speech, press and religion, amongst others.
Walt Whitman in “Preface to Leaves of Grass” examines the deeper meaning
behind people and shows how.
Pakholm, in Leo Tolstoy's “How Much Land Does One Man Need?” went on a
journey to find prosperity. While at first he only wants his own small plot of land,
once attained, this becomes only a fraction of his desires. He travels large
distances in order to gain personal wealth, but never reaches his equilibrium
where his desires are met. Once finding the Bashkirs, he settles upon a contract,
“One thousand rubles a day”. However far he is able to travel within one day's