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In a way this desire is almost an obsession, and his friends take advantage of this by playing a joke on him: they pretend to be members of the Turkish court and bestow him with the title of Paladin. The desire to better oneself socially and to raise oneself up the social ladder as been with us since time began and while we no longer have the aristocracy, we do have an elite ruling class of which many people desire to be a part.
In a way it is a middle-class phenomena with somebody not happy with the fortunate lot they have in life and desiring more, and doing whatever they can to get there.
In some cases, such as this play, there are rather comic results, but in other places, such as The Great Gatsby, the results are disasterous. The desire to be a member of the aristocracy is purely a social desire. People of the middle class tend to have their luxuries I know I have while not having ridiculous amounts of wealth.
The wealth is only a part of it, the desire is to be noticed among the people that matter, and to be looked at with envy by those who do not. I have sipped champagne at the races in a marquis with high profile lawyers, and have hated it. I have also sat on buses travelling through the fashionable streets in Naples and have felt a depression come over me that I would never be wealthy enough to shop there, yet not realising that there are many people here in Australia that will never have a chance of going on a bus ride through Naples.
Okay, some of these cars are really nice, but others of them are simply horrible. When I was in Milan our travel agent had booked us at a five star hotel and I thought it was simply way over the top. My brother looked at all the food and then did what he always does: poured himself a bowl of cornflakes.
Mind you, the only thing I like about diamonds is that people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for them, and they are a good store of value.
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