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Any animal with teeth can bite What separates a man from an animal In McTeague by Frank Norris each characters life is driven by a power from within An instinct that each are unable to control In a resourceful setting of San Francisco where Norris states that Things can happen the lives of these unfortunate souls take turns demonstrating their true views Ironically the characters are paralleled each enabling greed dominance and subjection to decipher the core beasts that consume and butcher their lives There is enough in the world for everyones need but not enough for everyones greed Frank Buchman The skeleton of each character attempts to deter from the theme-each character though given a solitary description are ironically precisely or circuitously driven by their appetite for riches breaking the boundaries set by their social classes showing each one to be paralleled in thoughts as one compelled by avarice The first secondary character we are introduced to is Marcus Schouler McTeagues one intimate friend who gives away his cousin Trina to McTeague only to fall in love with her once she is rich Maria Macapa hada flying squirrel an let em go is introduced as a greaser who is queer in the head14 The reader sees this character spawn intense images throughout the story her delicious gold plates the interior of the trunk the gold knives and forks-each whetting the desire of the unquenchable Zerkow She uses his hunger to drive her to steal one of the tapes of gold from McTeagues dentist office It was the most valuable steal she had ever yet made she told herself that it was worth at least a couple of dollars 92 Zerkow is a red-headed Polish Jew the town hoarder possessed by money and riches stashing nagging needing like a lost man who finds his ecstasy in the recital of Marias stories of thesmooth and bright polished gold 94 driving him mad tormenting
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