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The novel McTeague written by Frank Norris has many ways to understand theevents The relationships between the characters in the story are strange First it seemsthat the first half of the story many of the characters come together For example Marcusand McTeague become friends Trina and McTeague get married Maria and Zerkow getmarried As the story ends the friendships of the characters breaks down into violenceand death First Zerkow killed Maria and himself next McTeague kills Trina and thenMarcus tracks down McTeague in the desert and they both die as McTeague kills Marcusand then dies himself of dehydration It seems the strong survive and the weak die In thiscase the strong survive longer than the weak The theme that connects most of theconflicts together is that of greed Greed is one of the three major themes in the novel McTeague McTeagueshows the dangers of greed and how it can get the best of you This novel shows howmoney can make you from a caring person into a evil person Zerkow was greatlyobsessed with gold and riches The same obsession for money was in all of thecharacters Zerkow was viewed as a lost soul and Trina as a proper young lady yet theywere both almost exactly alike Here are some quotes on greed Miser nasty little oldmiser Youre worse than old Zerkow always nagging about money money and you gotfive thousand dollars You got more an you live in that stinking hole of a room and youwont drink any decent beer She dont care if I get wet and get a cold and die No shedont as long as shes warm and got her money Greed in the novel is one of thestrongest point Social Darwinisms problem is having to keep on gaining in order to havethe things you can not possible have Once the greed shows you get what you want youmight not get what you really need Greed is a part of our life
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