Erika Frey, the author of the poem "Materialism" and London Johnson, Zakirah Acty, Taylor Davis, and Jaelynn Synder, the authors of the article, "Causes and Effects of Materialism", say that materialism heavily impacts teenager's personal lives and can change it in many ways.
The book "The Afterlife of Holly Chase" is about a selfish, greedy girl named Holly Chase. Her mom was a famous model and actress. Holly thought that money is the key to happiness. On Christmas Eve five years ago, she was visited by 3 ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she had become. They tried to convince her to fix her ways. She didn't listen to them, so she died. She ended up working for a top-secret company called Project Scrooge as the Ghost of Christmas Past.
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What is Materialism?
Materialism is when a person consider money and possessions to be of most important in their lives. They consider it to be higher then any spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values. Materialism starts in kids and teens. Some grow out of it as they grow older, but others continue to have a habit of it. Materialism can affect people's lives in many ways.
The data has significantly increased from the generation of the 1920's to the 1970's.
Materialistic teens have a reason of being how they are. According to the article, "Causes and Effects of Materialism", "In our society we put a person on a higher level than us if they have a lot or more stuff. We seek to be like this person."(Johnson,et.al.1). In the book, this person was Holly's mom. Holly's mom, Yvonne Chase, was a famous actor and model. She was known around the world. She was Holly's inspiration. Holly's mom sadly passed away and Holly wanted to grow up and continue her mother's life; "All I wanted was to be like Yvonne. Rich. Fashionable. Famous." (Hand, 2). This led to her being materialistic.
In the article, "Causes and Effects of Materialism", authors London Johnson, Zakirah Acty, Taylor Davis, & Jaeylnn Snyder talk about characteristics of materialistic teens. These characteristics relate to the main character of the book The Afterlife of Holly Chase. Many teens in the world today believe that "you "need" more in order to be the happy, and we tend to believe that the more we have the better we are."(Johnson,et.al.1). In the book, Holly believed that the more designer brands she had, the more popular she would be. She thought everyone would like her because she was rich, but in reality, people despised her.
The poem "Materialism" by Erika Frey talks about how materialism starts and the consequences of it. Much of what she wrote was the truth about Holly's life. People buy so many useless things when they are young. Erika Frey wrote, "As you grow older, it can become worse. You feel like you are succeeding in life if you have more stuff."(Frey,1). In the book, Holly felt like she had everything she could possibly have with money, but she really didn't.
At the end of the book, Holly had realized many things about her life. One of them was realizing how alone she used to feel. According to Erika Frey, people "realize that they now have all these things [,] and they won’t be around to use them much longer[,] and they feel empty." (Frey,1). Holly wasn't that old, but after she got released from Project Scrooge, she realized that money didn't make her happy, her family and friends did. She used to feel empty and lonely, but now she feels happy.