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A Christmas Carol Greed

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Greed: One of the 7 deadly sins, the constant lust for more, and the downfall for many men. Greed is the topic of countless novels, poems, and films. Greed is present in our everyday lives as we are constantly searching for more and more things in hopes of finally becoming content. As we all know, greed will only make you more greedy. The more money we save, the more power we seek, the more materials we consume, the more we will want. In the works of A Christmas Carol, Macbeth, and Brave New World, we see men who were so greatly controlled by greed that it lead to great destruction and loss of one’s self. In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge’s greed is money. In the beginning of the novel, Scrooge is a cold, selfish man who spends…show more content…
The root word “mas”, coming from the word “mass” means to do in large groups (Dictionary.com). Christmas, as we know, is the celebration of Jesus’ birth. However, as supported by the definition of the root words, Christmas is a holiday where everyone acts more christ-like. In A Christmas Carol, we see many characters carrying out this definition. We see the Cratchits being thankful for the few things they have, we see Fred inviting Scrooge to Christmas dinner even though he knows his uncle will only turn down the invitation, and we see charities searching for money to help the poor. However, then we see Scrooge being the opposite. On this holiday in particular, Scrooge wishes to be cold, selfish, and alone. Scrooge hates days like this where people celebrate together because all he cares about is money. Scrooge’s greed has led him to being alone. Sadly, this is not the only time in Scrooge’s life where money has made him alone. Scrooge was once in love with a lady named Belle. While dating Belle, Scrooge found his obsession with money. He quickly became obsessed with saving every dollar, and growing his wealth. Belle saw this and broke up with Scrooge…show more content…
Dialectical Materialism, created through though the works of Karl Marx, is “meant to provide both a general world view and a specific method for the investigation of scientific problems” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia). Under this structure, “everything is material” (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia) and changes take place through the struggle of the classes. Brave New World follows the idea of the worshipping of materials and difference in classes. However, their change in this system is the struggle of classes. In Brave New World, the leaders brainwashed each class into accepting their status and knowing that they have a purpose. Their approach perfected Dialectical Materialism. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia explains that Dialectical Materialism believes in uniformity in order to achieve the final goal of development. This is the same as Brave New World. Under this system, individualism is shamed because it revolts against the progress of the group. This is what is destructive about Brave New World; the lack of variety in the people. In Brave New World, they shun individuality because they do not trust the nature of humans and they believe that with individuality, society will become undeveloped just like the Spanish Reservation. So here’s their plan to control it: Make people materialistic. Give people everything they need and make them feel in shambles when they
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