Theme Of Money In Francisco D Anconia

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Money is a powerful thing. It can make or break a person morally, spiritually, and mentally. The absence of it stifles life and the abundance of it does the same. On the other hand, the ability to make it throughout the shedding of blood, sweat, and tears is empowering. The idea that Francisco d’Anconia speaks on page 412 is very relatable to the world’s inhabitants: “Let me give you a tip on a clue to men’s characters: the man who damns money has obtained it dishonorably; the man who respects it has earned it.” Francisco d’Anconia’s view of money is perfectly clear, but James Taggart’s is somewhat cloudy. When Mr. Taggart was thinking on page 866, he says that he ‘tried to force himself to enjoy it’, believing that ‘wasn’t that what they all…show more content…
He replies that he wants to afford the price of admission to heaven, and James Taggart responds snootily that “virtue is the price of admission”. Mr. D’Anconia then stated “That’s what I mean…I want to be prepared to claim the greatest virtue of all-that I was a man who made money”. According to Mr d’Anconia’s remark, he understood from a young age that money is just the happy result of work, and on page 100, he says that “There’s nothing of any importance in life-except how well you do your work”. So the virtues gained through work manifested in the physical form of money. He compares “all the codes of ethics” that others spout to paper money, and says that “the code of competence is the only system of mortality that’s on a gold standard” (100). Paper money is notoriously unstable without a backing of the gold standard, and lets his remark suggest that, like paper money, any other code of mortality than that of competence does not hold up to the rigors of life. One’s competence of the world is reflected in his or her ability to earn money. Francisco d’Anconia reiterates that idea in his statement on page 411: “Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to

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