All is vanity and vexation of spirit

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 08.13.28On the Tennessee Williams character Big Daddy Pollitt:

There is a snobbery attached to lowliness of origins. Big Daddy learns that success, which has permitted him to dominate, is powerless against death. Success is illusory.

Williams, writes Dalrymple,

exposes the underside of meritocracy. When you fail, you have no one to blame but yourself. It is better to fail where there is injustice. Williams has an unwelcome message for our time, which regards unhappiness as pathological. We are not unhappy any more, but depressed. In the modern world, Big Daddy would have been given antidepressants. They would not have worked, but they would have prevented the need to look inwards.

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