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Theft the act or instance of stealing ones good without their consent It is a bad habit that is often acquired and is insidious Once developed one often justify it with fallacious reasoning to convince themselves that it is indeed normal This was complex Marya from the short story Theft by Joyce Carol Oates went through Marya is a remarkably brilliant student who had to support herself through college by working at a local library because her family was poor She also is very competitive and diligent Her classmates and teachers often admire her wit charm and articulate arguments However one cannot judge a book by its cover Although Marya one of the scholarship girls appears to be an upright quiet student she often partakes upon petty theft These trivial items that she steals materialistically means nothing for her but the act thievery seems to be an outlet for her express her power and triumph over those who undermines her perfect record As a scholarship girl Marya is very proud of her intelligence yet in constant fear of the prospect of failure She seems to always be preoccupied with studies grades employment and finance and never had time for herself or any one else Shes constant striving to keep her perfect record When she feels that her perfect record is jeopardized she becomes indignant and begins to stonewall those around her Perhaps this is the reason why she steals to retaliate to even the score Though Marys grades for the course were all As the grade posted for her final examination was C and the final grade for the course was a-humiliating Bof course she ran up to his office made an appointment to see him after a few minutes clucking and fretting he the professor who made the mistake on her final exam consented to raise the grade to AA minute later Marya was striding down the corridor her pulses beating hot
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