The use of greed in short stories
"Greed will always leave you dissatisfied because you'll never be able to get everything you desire. Greed never allows you to think you have enough; it always destroys you by making you strive ever harder for more." (Rabbi Benjamin Blech). This statement points to the idea that one's greed will never be satisfied because it will always keep wanting more. Greed is only achieved through an individual's selfish desires which creates conflicts in personal relationships and society. The short stories The Rocking Horse Winner, D.H. Lawrence, The Lottery Ticket, Anton Chekhov and Twins, Eric Wright illustrate this truth. These three short stories clearly portray that greed destroys relationships, fosters materialism within society, and causes betrayals.
Greed can destroy relationships to a point where two people detest each other. In The Rocking Horse Winner, the ...view middle of the document...
"His eyes blazed at her for one strange and senseless second, as he ceased urging his wooden horse. Then he fell with a crash to the ground, and she, all her tormented motherhood flooding upon her, rushed to gather him up." (Lawrence 1206). When his mother realizes that her greed in money affects her son, it is too late, and he is already dead. In The Lottery Ticket, the story begins by introducing Ivan Dmitritch and his wife, Masha. They purchase a lottery ticket and start to talk about what they would do about the winnings. Ivan begins to realize that the lottery ticket belongs to his wife and starts to get angry thinking about what she would do with the money. He thinks that she will be selfish and keep the money to herself, and he begins to get selfish ideas of going away on vacation without his wife. They both realize what each other are thinking and begin to hate each other in their greed; the love of this couple is simply gone, just like that. "And his wife's face, too, struck him as repulsive and hateful. Anger surged up in his heart against her and he thought malignantly." (Chekhov 202) It is clearly shown in The Lottery Ticket that greed has destroyed the true love between a married couple. In the short story Twins, it starts off introducing a lovely couple who has been married for quite some time. As the plot of the story unfolds, it has been revealed that the husband has been having an affair with another woman. He loves her, and the only way he could be with her is if he gets rid of his current wife; Lucy. Lucy has figured out his plan to get rid of her, and she beats him to the punch. The husbands greedy and selfish desire for love is the main cause of the couples separation. "This guy has fallen in love with someone who refuses to see him unless he is free." (Wright 216). The greed of the husband eventually leads to his own death. It has destroyed the relationship he had with his wife all because he was not satisfied completely with her. It is easily recognizable that greed can destroy any type of relationship; whether you believe that your relationship is strong or not. In many cases, greed can even lead to deaths.