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Since Adam and Eve first walked the face of earth the nature of mankind and the behaviour of man within society have fascinated people Shrink Rap and Stardust are works that examine human natures violence as a result of money Stardust suggests that money leads to trouble whereas Shrink Rap shows that money leads to violence and greed Both books similarly show the causes of humanitys violent behaviour through their respective theme characters and setting Stardust and Shrink Rap show how money has lead society to trouble through their themes In Stardust Jill Joyce is the most famous and sexy actress in America Parker pg 48 it is shown that if someone has money and fame does not mean all their problems are solved This connects an appearance verse reality theme as Jill Joyce is regarded as a very wealthy lady yet she is addicted to drugs suffers depression anxiety suicidal thoughts and mental breakdowns which have all ultimately lead to her downfall Overall the appearance verse reality theme suggests looking deeper then what meets the eye In Shrink Rap Parker describes Dr Melvins wardrobe before he committed rape Dr Melvin wore a beautiful black suit with a white shirt His cuff links were black onyx with a small diamond chip in the center Parker pg 175 In this case Parker is showing that even doctors or dentists who are dressed up in diamonds might still engage in criminal acts Also a passion verse reason theme can be connected as doctors are hired to look after us but Dr Melvin chose his actions for the sake of his own desires The central message of Parkers books is to show the connection between money and problems Mo money mo problems P Diddy 1997 a hit song by P Diddy shows that the more money we have the more problems we will run into The two books characters can be compared and contrasted in order to show
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