Essay On Genuine Value In William Maxwell's TLWB

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A Genuine Value
In William Maxwell’s TLWB, the author emphasizes the calmness of a wealthy couple toward meeting with a breakin by burglars. On the other hand, the story of D.H. Lawrence’s TRHW is about a boy who sacrifices himself because of going mad to fill his greedy mother’s desire of getting luck. Although these stories are completely differed in the story, it is common that both of the authors attempt to show the theme of gaining something ideal by losing something valuable. It can be also said in our actual lives because humans are destined to run up against this kind of wall because love and materialism are difficult to be incompatible, greed takes away our real happiness, and innocence often brings personal sacrifice.

Love is far apart from materialism. A large number of people would be caught in this conflict at least once in a life. In the story of TLWB, the Coleman’s couple, especially Mrs. Coleman was attached to things stolen at first. Nevertheless, as they make sure of their love deeply, the safety and existence of each other becomes the
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Greed is a typical characteristic that is indigenous to all the humans. The characteristic of mother in TRHW is described as a woman who is greedy for a luxurious life. Even though she already holds a wealthy status, her desires for luxurious life is too strong that she wastes money and always bewail about the lack of money. When she receives a large amount of money from Paul, she never seems to be satisfied by the circumstance. And what is even worse, her demands become stronger as Paul succeeds in the horse races and earn larger sum of money. Even if she has earned tons of money, it is clear that she will never be satisfied. Being greedy is almost as same as pursuing one’s ideal that is kind of unclear and there is no right answer for it. Since ideal is a goal that is never able to be targeted, to fill greedy mind is a common inner conflict within all the
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