Greed In Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown

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Does money make people greedy? Greed is a selfish desire for something. People desire many things, does that mean that they should have it? As the years go on, people are becoming more and more greedy. We live in a world where if we see something, we get it whether it is through stealing or buying. Greed is becoming acceptable and that is not the way it should be. As the years go on, greed is becoming a virtue. “When we were born with no possession, the love received was our concession.” “But as we grew, we looked and craved, and all too soon became enslaved.” (poem Greed by Irwin Mercer lines 1-6) When people were first born, all they wanted was love, but as they grow older, the more possession is craved. They eventually forget about love…show more content…
“My love and Faith, replied Young Goodman Brown, of all nights in the year, this one night must I tarry away from thee. My journey, as thou callest it, forth and back again, must needs be done ‘twixt now and sunrise. What, my sweet, pretty wife, dost thou doubt me already, and we but three months married.” (Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne) Young Goodman Brown was rich of life because he had everything that he ever wanted. Even Though Goodman Brown had everything that he could dream of, he still wanted more. Young Goodman Brown thought that if he fulfilled his responsibility of going on this task, his life would be complete. This ended up ruining his life until the day that he died. “As one’s money increases, their sympathy goes down.” “In a dice game where the highest roller gets a $50 gift card, the rich lied about what number they rolled so that they could get the money.” (Paul Piff: Does Money Make You Mean) Another definition of greed is to lie, or cheat to get something. It is also the willingness to do something wrong to obtain something. Both of these are shown through the actions of the rich. In both of these examples, the rich were selfish and greedy. Young Goodman Brown was rich of life, yet wanted more, so he set out on his selfish journey leaving his his Faith. In Paul Piff’s Ted Talk, he presented how greedy the rich were and what they would do to expand their

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