Ambition’s Darkness “Those who want to be rich, however, fall into temptation and become ensnared by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.” (Timothy 6:9) The main problem in our society is greed, because it causes people to turn bad by becoming thieves, murder, and leads people to poverty. Being out in this world today, greed is a problem all over the world and takes form into our human nature.
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. ”-Erich Fromm. All humans have, or will, commit at least one of the seven deadly sins in their lifetimes. Avaritia, or greed, is one of the seven deadly sins, and it is the one sin that every person, no matter how selfless, commits.
In unison with A Christmas Carol and A Diva’s Christmas Carol, the theme of greed presents itself in many political cartoons. It is very common nowadays to use political cartoons in order to poke fun at real problems happening in the world. In a specific cartoon by John Cole, lies Ebenezer Scrooge holding a newspaper titled “Senate Gop Oks Huge Tax Cut.” Following this text, it reads “Trillion-Dollar Debt To Benefit The Rich - Social Services Face ‘Reform’.” Not to mention, when we analyze Scrooge’s character, we see him flashing a smile and exclaiming “Now that’s how a ‘Humbug’ is done.”
In this generation, it’s not a lie that people can get materialistic and greedy for money. Exhibiting that $795 Coach handbag, displaying your new Mercedes-Benz all over Facebook, and especially strutting around the hallway with your new Jordans with plastic covered around them because they’re too precious to be dirtied; they’re all common practices to find in a person’s personality these days. A very gigantic and clear-cut theme of the The Great Gatsby is the obsession with money and possessing materialistic traits. Fitzgerald uses this theme and portrays it in the characters of the book to represent the social high life of socialites in the 1920s.
Imperialism is so widespread due to individuals believing that they have superiority over opposing religious, economical, and political ideals. All humans across the world seem to have one thing in common despite those ideals: greed. The leaders of this greed created a false belief of superiority among the populations of other ethnic groups in other countries. The leaders summoned soldiers out to do their dirty work, convincing others that certain individuals were the enemies. With the help of propaganda and brainwashing, it is easy to convince a group of individuals that they are better than others and eventually push them into committing murder-
Greed is an excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions (dictionary.com). This word perfectly describes Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge in the movie and play of A Christmas Carol, originally written by Charles Dickens. This play and movie is a favorite among many people because of its lesson about greed. They both illustrate the message that money, possessions, and things like that, they aren’t everything. In both, Mr. Scrooge is an old miser who hates Christmas and cares very deeply about his money.
“Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.” This quote is relatable to Edward Pierce in Michael Crichton’s The Great Train Robbery because greed is the reasoning behind why he robbed the train. Consequently, while the book never states his motive, readers can infer what his motive was based on the reasoning. Throughout The Great Train Robbery, hints such as his contacts and love of wealth show that Edward Pierce was motivated by greed when he decided to rob the train.
The Middle Passage was borne of greed. In the "Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes Under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788," it states, "Plan of lower deck with the stowage of 292 slaves." In order to make a profit, people forced others into inhumane conditions, where they were not only cramped but possibly fatigued, exposed to diseases, and more. Also, in the "Excerpt from The Life of Olaudah Equiano," it states, " Sometimes a few lumps of raw meat would be thrown in with their food to keep them healthy. It was also at this time in the morning that the slaves were given their daily ration of a half pint of water...
Greed is an excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions (dictionary.com). The word “greedy” perfectly describes Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge in the movie and play of A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens. Greed can be caused by a countless amount of things. It can be called almost a disease. It is terrible thing that can corrupt even the best of people.
The Counselor represents the American elite’s perception of itself. Despite having everything they could ever want or need in this world, they want more. Similar to how the Counselor’s greed leads to his demise, this obsession of wanting more will lead to irreversible ecological damage and consequences that scientists currently can’t even fully project. The entire movie satirizes and is emblematic of the way competing business and policy interests and an obsession with reclaiming American exceptionalism creates a status quo that is leading us towards destruction but is not in the interests of the powerful and wealthy to change.
Being married to a career often allows one to acquire a great deal of money. Most people are able to make a decent living by thriving off of their routine-esque job, yet the people who thrive off of change are the ones who seem to make the most amount of money. Whether it be out of jealousy or legitimate concern for how such mass amounts of money was acquired, money and wealth in general seems to have a negative connotation in most fables. Money often is viewed as a corrupter, with avarice being one of the seven deadly sins. Though greed is often associated with the upper class, Steinbeck points out that the greed is not exclusive to it.