Greed: A Motivator In Scott Smith's 'A Simple Plan'

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Greed: A Motivator The effects greed has on the characters vary, but each character grows more accustomed to committing nefarious acts and becomes desensitized to evil through the course of Scott Smith’s A Simple Plan. To begin with, Hank Mitchell is motivated by greed throughout the novel. The merciless, inexorable journey to protect the money he finds starts small – in order to secure the money that was in the trunk, Hank lied to the approaching policeman when questioned about why he was stopped at the side of the road (21). This instinctive action by the main character portrays his ascending lust for money – the greed won the best of him and later on, he commits even fouler acts. In contrast, Jacob Mitchell’s reaction to greed was

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