Shakespeare and Golding have much to say about man's sinful nature. Both of these writers have conveyed in their works, Macbeth and lord of the flies, a similar game of survival, power, corruption and pure evil. Furthermore in both pieces main characters die; their deaths come about as a result, consequently because of their sinful nature and the pure greed of others around them. Human beings thrive on competition, subsequently such factors can change the way we think, the way we act as humans and how we treat others. In edition these authors use characters, particularly Jack and Macbeth, as examples of man’s self-corruption by letting our natural greedy self-centred self’s come through.
At the beginning of the novel, the pearl is described as being “lucent and perfect,” while later on the pearl is described as having a "curious darkness" on its surface. At the end, the pearl is ugly and gray. If people let greed get the best of them and are not cautious, something that is beautiful and perfect can turn into something bad and evil. Through Kino’s greed, he has lost his humanity and become more like an animal than ever before, thereby proving the evilness of the pearl and the greed living within all of humanity. Works Cited The Pearl by John Steinbeck
In his short story, The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allen Poe produces a macabre tale about pride, revenge, and deception. The haunting tale is narrated by the vengeful Montresor who seeks to redress the wrong doing of his peer, Fortunato. He allows his pride to overtake his humanity and consequently lures Fortunato to his murderous death. His plan, “I must not only punish but punish with impunity. A wrong is unredressed when retribution overtakes it redresser.
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.
According to SparkNotes, “Rousseau believed modern man’s enslavement to his own needs was responsible for all sorts of societal ills, from exploitation and domination of others to poor self-esteem and depression” (“The Necessity of Freedom”). The philosopher’s intuitive thoughts can be summarized in his quote, “Civilization is a hopeless race to discover remedies for the evils it produces” (“Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes.”) In contrast to Rosseau’s profound beliefs, William Golding suggests that people are brought into the world with darkness lurking deep inside their souls. Humans are wicked by nature, and the powerful regulations of civilization create the strong foundations necessary to contain the gruesome monsters living inside each and every human being. As... ... middle of paper ... ...tays calm and collected while trying to embrace the ideas of civility. Additionally, Simon does not seem to be motivated by violence and killing pigs.
Patrick Süskind truly attempts to persuade the reader of his novel, Perfume, that power corrupts people and that humans are flawed in that they are greedy and deceptive. Süskind develops these themes through many characters in the novel – including Madame Gaillard, Monsieur Grimal, Giuseppe Baldini, and the marquis de La Taillade-Espinasse – but most importantly through Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. By showcasing the corruption brought about by power and the flaws present in the characters of Perfume, the author does in fact persuade the reader that power is corruptive and humans are inherently flawed.
A man of great duplicity, Beatty sets up Montag to ultimately have his home destroyed and to be expulsed from the city. On the other hand, Beatty is a much rounder character than initially apparent. Beatty himself was once an ardent reader, and he even uses literature to his advantage against Montag. Moreover, Beatty is a critical character in Fahrenheit 451 because of his morbid cruelty, obscene hypocrisy, and overall regret for his life. Beatty is the ideal antagonist for Fahrenheit 451 primarily because his great cruelty and abrasive personality starkly contrasts Montag’s more sensitive nature.
Lawrence successfully unmasks the destruction greed and materialism cause families and human beings in a “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” Perhaps now humanity has a chance to conquer one of the most damaging debaucheries of mankind. Unfortunately, for this family, they will forever be plagued with a desolate life consumed by envy because “money…has only sharpened the craving it was meant to satisfy…” (Snodgrass 207).
Nevertheless, Lawrence is realistic enough to acknowledge the difficulties of such restraint, and admits within the story that sin can often be unstoppable, and can reach even the most devout of worshipers. ?The Rocking-Horse Winner? is a strong message about the nature of greed, the evils of self-gratification, and the dangers of gambling: all three are sinful acts that lead to devastating consequences, such as madness, ruin, and in this most extreme of cases, death. Works Cited: Lawrence, D.H. ?The Rocking-Horse Winner? A Pocketful of Prose: Vintage Short Fiction.
He shows us how when people are desperate, they would do anything to further themselves and only themselves. Most of all, he shows us how greed overpowers anything and everything when times are desperate. This motif assists in developing a major theme in the book. It shows that people would be greedy to other human beings, that people would damage nature in order to advance themselves and that people wouldn't help their own family to help further themselves. Even though everyone during the Great Depression was suffering, everyone only thought of themselves without ever contemplating of the others situation or satisfying both parties at the same time.