Aaron Davis January 18, 2017 English-11 Ms. Metzker The Devil and Tom Walker The overall theme of this story is greed. The narrator uses the description of the swamp and other things to suggest this theme and establish the tone for the story. The devil, in the story, guards the treasure not to protect it, but to use it in tempting people to live lives of sin and mainly greed.
In the novel The Maltese Falcon, the motif of greed is used to exemplify the destructive influence potential wealth has on one’s morals. This is shown through Sam Spade’s decision to hand over Brigid to the authorities, Brigid’s deceit throughout the novel, and Gutman's choice to use Wilmer as the fall man to avoid his own prosecution for crimes committed. Sam is portrayed as someone who is willing to deviate from the law, is extremely intellectual, and is prepared to go to any extent in order to get the treasure he desires. Sam Spade is entangled in the pursuit after the falcon by Brigid’s scheming. Sam falls in love with Brigid even after he discovers her dishonesty.
As a French Proverb states, “greedy eaters dig their graves with their teeth”. People are consumed with wanting more and more rather than knowing what they need in life. The human race constantly carries on this pattern of greed. A theme of greed is shown in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
The stories “The Devil and Tom Walker” and “The Devil and Daniel Webster” both have a resounding theme of how the seemingly easy ways in life are not always the most beneficial in the long run, especially in regards to wealth. Although these stories have much in common, there are noticeable differences that make each of them unique. The resolution of the stories, the depiction of the Devil, and the role of saving grace are some of the aspects that differentiate these two stories. The resolutions in both of these Faust Legends have some differences and similarities.
Many people in the world today try to cover up their darker sides with a "mask" which hides their true self. Often times, however, people's masks are removed and we see them for who they really are. Many politicians today do this when they try to get people to vote for them. They wear a "mask" to veil their darker sides so the public can't see their flaws. The narrator in "The Black Cat" by Edgar Allen Poe and the character Tom Walker in "The Devil and Tom Walker" by Washington Irving wear "masks" to cover up their darker character traits.
During the 14th century, the Catholic Church ruled over almost all of Europe and was extremely wealthy. While people were suffering from poverty, disease, and famine, lavish cathedrals were being built in the bigger cities, only proving that the contrast between the misery of the people and the wealth of the Church was mind-boggling. Consequently, the characters Chaucer uses in the Canterbury Tales as a representation of the Church, or clergy, project character traits of greed, deceit, and corruption.
The Canterbury Tales Analysis At one point in every man’s life greed seems to be a natural characteristic. In the Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue by Geoffrey Chaucer, most of his reoccurring themes seem to be merely just about the Seven Deadly Sins. Focusing specifically on the Physician, he is guilty of greed because of his fine love for material possessions—gold and money. Chaucer first portrays him as an honest man who has given us the impression that he is only trying to help other people; however the tables are turned when he is shown manipulating and false diagnosing his patients for his own benefit.
The film Avatar is a movie with vivid colors and images. The director and writer of Avatar is James Cameron, he won best director, movie and best picture. In 2009 it was one of the highest grossing films that came out due to the fact that it was budgeted at over 237 million dollars. There were many scenarios portrayed in this movie, but the one that caught my attention the most was greed. I want to recount the scenes in avatar that depicts that greed was shown through the use of technology.
There are a variety of sins committed in the play, Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Much of the conflict is caused by different levels of lust, envy, greed, and wrath. However, the most prevalent of all sins that keeps showing up throughout the work is pride. The character of the play that shows most pride is the main protagonist, Hamlet.
Greed can be a good thing if it is used for the right reasons. For example, greed can be the key that leads to success. If a person wants to achieve recognition, they’ll go extreme measures to make it happen such as inventing something, excelling in their studies, or even being the best. However, in most cases, greed can lead to disaster. Having the desire to obtain something a person already possesses is selfish.
Greed is inherent in humanity; this desire for material wealth has pervaded society despite the negative consequences. This greed and its effects ran rampant in 1920s America, as evidenced by the events portrayed in These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich and performed at the Barnum Studio Theatre, a true story about four women who suffer because of the greed of a large corporation. This struggle for wealth is also exemplified in the corruption of those hired to enforce Prohibition during this time, letting many illegal and even deadly bottles of alcohol into the lives of the average American. As the play These Shining Lives and American Prohibition shows, America in the 1920s was not just a time for empowerment of women and lavish parties, but a time filled with greed and corruption, and these struggles for wealth were not harmless, for they caused the deaths of many Americans. Women during the 1920s had more rights than ever before; they had the right to vote and many were breaking free from the social expectations that the man of the house works while the woman stays at home and takes care of the children.