Monday, July 11, 2011

"On the want of Money" (Analysis Essay)


      The moral of many stories is the inspiration that money can’t buy happiness and that people will live a happy life without money. In this passage the author states that he completely disagrees with his, money may not buy happiness, but without money misery is sure to follow a person. The idea of being without money is pure craziness according to the author; it is a life full of despair. With the use of syntax, and diction Hazlitt point his view that a person could not possibly be happy or have a good life without money.
     With the aid of diction the author makes reader feel the hardship of being poor, with his persistent, dreary, harsh diction. “Literally and truly, one cannot get on well in the world without money”, the author’s use of the worlds literally and truly were merely there to add emphasize to how the author takes a serious to express he is truly behind this statement of money. The author has a very complex diction that is really sharp; “it is not to have your opinion consulted or else rejected with contempt, to have your acquirements carped at and doubted”, here the author is obviously referring to money on how without it the person’s opinion is not accepted as if it was not important. With the use of words like “rejected”, or “carped”, the author gets the reader the feeling of worthlessness and sorrow as if it were they the miserable poor people. The author is very persistent through his essay as to keep putting the reader down with the use of constant details explaining how being without money is the worst thing that can happened to someone, “it is to be scrutinized by strangers, and neglected by friends”, here the author is explaining how a without money is hated by all not even friends are there to be at their aid. The reader gets the kind of depressed feeling from the author with his ruthless diction the reader gets the true point of the author being that being poor is so difficult and painful nobody would dare want to lose their money.
     Furthermore, the author does not only use diction to get his point across , but also with the help of syntax the author gets to create a piece of writing in which the reader gets to experience the live of a moneyless person with the constant put downs through their miserable lives. The whole essay is just a composition filled with three sentences, the purpose of this is to put a large amount of emphasizes on the main point that poor people have life filled with nothing but despair. The use of the polysyndeton in this essay is to added to get the feeling of hopelessness, of the idea that once poor there is nothing in life to look forward to there is so much to get sad about, and with the use of the conjunction” or “the author makes the list of reasons why being poor is horrible seem endless, by the second sentence being 40 lines long. The author’s use of parallel and balance structure clauses divided by a semicolon seem to be never ending one thing right after the other nonstop incidents that make the reader feel suffocated with all the things a poor person goes through in their lives, as if they were the ones going through all this. The use of the anaphora “it is” within the essay helps in being specific about the subject the author wants to focus on. The use of asyndeton is quite use for the same reason, to make the life of a poor person seem exhausting with the lack of conjunctions to aid in a pause the reader continues on reading without stop to see how there really is no stop of the pain and the horrible feeling of being alive at all times a poor person has. The author later continues with that even if a poor person has a job it is a bad one that they hate, and if they pursue their dreams they will most likely fail and still be unhappy.
     The life of a person without money is a gruesome one that even at death that person will not rest in peace; instead they will be laugh at still by the rich people around them. “The wiseacres will possibly, however crowd round your coffin, and raise a monument at a considerable expense…” , the life of a poor person ends with rich people, ironically, at their death bed finally admiring the dead person and expending  money on them, while alive that person was put down coastally. The reader by the end of the essay gets the feeling of being deprived of their joy and hope of being happy in this world without money, which is exactly what  the author’s purpose for writing this essay. 
 


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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

It wouldn't be much of an essay of Hazlitt didn't use diction, there would be no words. You should put an adjective before the word diction whenever you use it.

Anonymous said...

he purpose of the essay was to point out the pointlessness of striving for money. By the use of dreary diction such as: exile, scavenger, pain, and morose, to embed the sense of hopelessness at, achieving happiness through money, in the minds of the reader, . CT

Anonymous said...

This Hazlitt character is a stoggy communist. Why would this hippy want to work "behind a counter", "forego liesure", and risk "failure". Hazlitt uses rhetorical questions as a crutch to undermine Capitalism and all things free and right with the world. Ronald Reagen would have bludgeoned this dude to death with Uncle Sam's ten-gallon hat. LEV

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt is one depressive lump of a writer, although rather creative in his approach to make a point about the evils of money. He dominantly utilizes a syntax structure comprised of paragraphs with no breaks (the piece is one BIG paragraph-y structure.) or periods (citation: see his 70 commas and semicolons) in order to achieve a stream-of-consciousness sort of feeling that, in retrospect, acts as a metaphor of the tirelessness of a life revolving around money and it makes the reader feel that relentless burden. His seemingly never-ending usage of commas make it so that the period that he finally uses has so much more authority and declaration. ("-a place to die in, and quit the world without any one's asking after your will.") It's like a sign flashing "time to focus on the point of this sad passage now!".
SL

Anonymous said...

When first reading Hazlitts piece one might assume that the point Of the essay is that money doesn't give you life but through the rest you come to realize that it is quite the opposite. Money doesnt actually grant you life but it does decide how you are going to live. From a worldly perspective, if you don't have money than you are not important and can't live certain lives. Through the use of sophisticated wording and the feeling of exile, judgment, and sadness the author expresses his point well.
HD

Anonymous said...

The author used constant analogies to explain the moral destruction created by the "want of money". He established in the first line the necessity of at least basic affluence. There he established that money is not in and of itself evil rather the non-equal distribution. The lack of collective wealth is the evil portion of the market because those who are not wealthy are forced to create their's through constant relentless work. It is unfair and therefore immoral that some have to work themselves up through the toils represented by the analogies while others can achieve the life goal of affluence in their lives' first line. AJV

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt is a cry baby of an author who needs to go to therapy. He uses excessive rhetorical comments and syntax of commas and semicolons to reveal an idea that the evils of money create a grueling, endless woe and "dissatisfaction with everyone." Only two periods are used in the entire piece and one exclamation point. One was at the beginning and the other two after "you" have finally died. The commas represent a continuation of life, and the periods finally end that long, endless essay; the long grueling life which money creates.
-BP

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt conveys through his work, that to make it through life, you need money. "One cannot get on well in the world without money." He uses a plethora of semicolons and commas to help readers understand that his whole essay is saying the same thing. The semicolons show that he didn't want to break up his ideas into smaller ones which stresses one main point, that in our world today, everything revolves around money and we need it to live here. AD

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt needs help just a bit, he says how the world needs to strive for money but in turn, by striving they will loose there friends and only gain enemies. he shows this but using excessive run on sentences that remind you how life never stops going using only two periods one at die showing that if you strive for money you will only die both ways.
~Saraleea

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt has a torn mind. He knows one must have money to live and have more opportunities,but at the same time he doesn't like money. His dominant strategy is through the syntax of the piece Of semi colons and commas to make it two giant sentences (which I thought sounded like a teenage rant). He tries to get across the challenges of money, but once the reader gets to about the third padagraph, I think we get the idea.
OBH

Anonymous said...

Contrary to others that claim Hazlitt has a torn mind, I would have to disagree. Hazlitt has a very clear point: to be happy, you need money. Of course, this comes at a price (pun intended). You must endure the struggle that comes with the want of money. Hazlitt literally spends an entire 45 lines spewing every reason you will suffer without money. He does this in one very large sentence. The lack of closure leaves the reader "suffocating". This leads into his dominant strategy: the lack of sentences. He continues one thought throughout the entire piece and did not find it necessary to break it up. Again, this leaves the reader feeling "suffocated" and "drowned".

-JMP

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt, through his blatant pessimism, gives a valid point about money. His second sentence rambles on in order to get his one thought across to the reader-- there is no "happy medium" when it comes to money. Either you have it, and are always fighting its hypnotic and all-controlling qualities, or do not, and are slaving to have it. No matter where you are on the wealth spectrum, you are always controlled by money. MC

Anonymous said...

Money is morbidly neutral; a balance of good and bad that forces one to be violently stuck in the middle, no matter which way the pendulum swings. As Hazlitt writes, “To be in want of it, is to pass through life with little credit or pleasure; it is to live out of the world, or to be despised if you come into it”. Hazlitt used metaphors to convey his message to the reader. The simple comparisons provide little strokes of detail, eventually adding up to a big and complex picture—the societal principles of money. Victory is nonexistent in the money world; everyone is a loser.
~LH

The Pink Penguin said...

In Hazlitts piece, he realizes the need for money, but also comes to the conclusion that the pursuit of it is a miserable one. His use of excessive commas, semi colons, and lack of periods helps to create a never ending feel as he describes the issues the pursuit of money causes; as the pursuit of money is one of endless misery.

The Pink Penguin said...

-AH

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt expresses through this piece that in order to live a happy and fulfilling life, only one thing is required; money. He writes his view on the point that money is desperately needed in this materialistic world to live up to the normality of modern society. ("One cannot get on well in the world without money.") I'd also like to point out the fact that the word "money" was only used once in the entirety of the piece, (In the first, never-ending paragraph) symbolizing its importance and the belief that money is a simple, vital concept. Finally, Hazlitt uses elongated syntax and parallelism, sending the impression of a rant, therefore the reader has no chance of arguing back his or her point of view. It is practically set in stone by his syntax; money is needed to survive and thrive happily in modern society. HM

Anonymous said...

What is the point indeed? One must wonder. "To be in want of [money] is to pass through life with little credit or pleasure;...the wiseacres will possibly, however, crowd around your coffin...to commemorate your genius and your misfortunes!"
In these, the first and last parts of the piece, Hazlitt juxtaposes two depressingly contradictory ideas: being completely ignored in life, and being applauded in death. From this, Hazlitt derives his point: we rarely gain what we pursue until after it no longer benefits us to have it. In this case, it is money and recognition. Hazlitt goes on and on informing the reader that they could be an actor of another occupation, of they could do this or that in pursuit of those things aforementioned, but in the end they will almost certainly die broke and unnoticed. After they are dead, however, what they were striving to attain will finally be given to them, denying them even the peace of death.
-SB

Anonymous said...

This essay convinces its audience how pointless money is by using diction
CCT

Anonymous said...

Hazlitt states from the opening lines of the piece that money is necessary in our world, "One cannot get on well in the world without money." However he also believes that the pursuit of it is destructive. His excessive use of commas and semicolons shows how life just keeps going and how the pursuit of money can control your life up until the end. This insanely long sentence also emphasizes the period, "...a place to die in, and quit the world without any one's asking after your will." ~PS

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Anonymous said...

Well written essay, but here's some things that might change your perspective. This essay written by William Hazlitt is actually a satire which changes the position the author holds. Also, when the author defends his stance saying "to be in want of it," referring to money, a common mistake people make is associating this with the desire to have money. In this case, it means to be without money, or to lack money.

Jessa B. said...

Hazlitt is brilliant in that he perfectly describes and mocks the struggle of trying to obtain money, or more of it depending on your relationship with money at any given moment. Hazlitt is not, however trying to say that not having money will make you miserable, rather that wanting money will make you miserable. Whether you're a millionaire or living on the streets, wanting money is what truly makes your life hell.

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