Greed In Nathan P. Culmer's The Sign Of Four

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Greed is a major theme in The Sign of Four as well as the underlying cause of death throughout the novel. The Sign of Four serves as a classic cautionary tale of greed and makes a point of the ideas that greed is never rewarded in the end and that no bad deed goes unpunished. As stated by Nathan P. Culmer, every man in the novel that returned from India “have been warped in their greed with the stolen treasures which systematically leads to their deaths.” In contrary to the aspects of greed, the virtues of generosity and selflessness contributes to a happy outcome for Mary and Watson. Watson’s helpfulness as well as selflessness in finding the treasure is significant due to his lack of desire for Mary to acquire it. He believed that finding

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