Counterfeit Life Analytical Essay by academic

Counterfeit Life
Examines literary works by Hellman, Frost, and De Maupassant to compare the characters' view on money and wealth.
# 51844 | 1,711 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jun 20, 2004 in Literature (American) , Literature (French) , English (Analysis) , English (Comparison)

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Money is necessary for survival in life, but the attitude one has toward money can completely change the quality and details of an individual's existence. This paper examines three literary works from three separate genres to reveal similar thematic content on this subject from highly divergent points of view. It looks at the play, "The Little Foxes", written by Lillian Hellman, "The Death of the Hired Man," a poem by Robert Frost, and a short story by Guy De Maupassant called "The Diamond Necklace." All three works are built around the core idea of the aspiration for money and how it influences people's lives.

From the Paper:

"In The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman personifies the opposing values of destructive greed versus human caring, bringing them to life in the characters. Birdie, Addie, and Alexandra represent humans who look to love and compassionate connection as modes of being. Oscar, Leo and Ben and Regina are heartless villains to whom money is the ultimate motivation. No immorality, including lying, cheating, stealing, or even murder is beyond the greedy clutching after money of these four."

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