A Deadly Sin Indeed: The Elements of Fiction that Convey a Theme of Greed in The Pearl In Matthew 26:16 it says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” Truly, the question posed in this quote is one that applies to the main character, Kino, in John Steinbeck’s The Pearl. Steinbeck composes a narrative, in which the characters are driven by unrelenting greed, resulting in disastrous consequences. Steinbeck is an exemplary author in the genre of tragic, fictional literature. Indeed, Steinbeck effectively utilizes elements of fiction including characterization, symbolism and conflict in order to convey the theme that misery is inevitable when a person’s insatiable greed precedes it.
This shows us that Gatsby's involvement with bootlegging as well as other illegal business causes him to be engulfed with greed and power which distracting him from his main goal of winning daisy back. This all shows us that wealth can change and corrupt individuals and put them in a disillusionment no matter where they came from or why they wish to obtain it. In the end Fitzgerald says that obtaining wealth is a part of life that can change and most of the time destroy the moral dignities of man and give him a selfish and corrupted view of the world as if wealth was a disease upon the minds of men.
Although the Pardoner displays many important traits, the most prevalent is his greed. Throughout the prologue, the Pardoner displays his greed and even admits that the only thing he cares about is money: "I preach nothing except for gain" ("Pardoner's Tale", Line 105). This avarice is seen strongly in the Pardoner's tale as well. In the Pardoner's tale, three friends begin a journey in order to murder Death. On their journey, though, an old man leads them to a great deal of treasure.
He also mentions how Gower writes of him as pretending to be poor but, in actuality, as being as rich as a king” (Bowden 55). Stealing is immoral, and Bowden reinforces that the summoner is immoral and steals beyond need. He is also being dishonest to his Archdeacon by not giving him the collections. The devil persuade the summoner into committing immoral acts. He makes the summoner believe that he himself is a thief as well.
People say that "money makes the world go around." It may, but in the novel The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald money is what causes greed and death. The novel is filled with multiple themes but one predominate theme that the author focuses on is immorality. The novel was written in the1920s which was a time that drew away from social and moral values and yearned for its greed and empty pursuit of pleasure. Gatsby, gains his wealth through bootlegging only because he wants to show Daisy his wealth.
The fact that Absalon knows that Allison is married and preforms these actions makes him evil because he is disrespecting her and John intentionally since he is greedy to make love with Allison. He is similar character to the avaricious people in Dante’s Inferno who spend their money in an irresponsible manner as shown in canto 7. Virgil describes the popes, cardinals and clergymen’s actions in a negative way. Specifically he says “It was squandering and hoarding that have robbed them/ of the lovely world, and got them in this brawl.” (Dante. VII.
Even though stories told of a curse the pirates’ greed and need for treasure overtook their rationality. Cortez’s curse did not stop them from stealing and this just demonstrates how greed has the power to destroy the inner morals of any human being. The greed of many is like a craving that hits every second and it cannot be contained; it has to be satisfied. Captain Barbosa tells the story of Cortez’s cursed gold coins and what the curse has done to him and his crew. The curse has made them live forever without senses to taste or feel.
Although Candide gets attacked by robbers, Voltaire shows just how greedy humanity is through the contrast of Candide whose only desire is to “go and present his sheep to Lady Cunegonde” (Voltaire 72) and those who exploit him for his riches by deceiving him. These deceptions start as soon as Candide is back in civilization and searching for a ship. One such person, a ship captain, says “he [can] not take [Candide] to Venice for less
He would steal grain for himself. In “The Prologue”, it says, “His was a master-hand at stealing grain. He felt it with his thumb and thus he knew its quality and took three times his due”. (Pg. 107 lines 570-572) The Franklin suffered from gluttony, lust and slothfulness.
In other words, people are trying to get to the top while trampling anyone in their way (Davis 1). When King is dealing with Americans in pursuit of profit and power in his stories, he often highlights the negative consequences and attitudes arising from the selfish ways of capitalists. What separates King ... ... middle of paper ... ...One…” 3). Not all of Stephen King’s narratives consist of these apocalyptic ideas, but almost everything is referenced to Scripture. This reference is usually negative.