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Greed and Money People say that money is the root of all evil In the short story The Diamond as Big as the Ritz by F Scott Fitzgerald Braddock Washington acquires a frightening sense of power along with his fortunes He represents an exact image of how money causes people to become greedy selfish and cruel No one human being is perfect and sometimes we are caught up or overwhelmed in our emotions Some individuals will sacrifice anything for money and power In the story Braddock Washington is described to be the richest man in the world He inherited a diamond mountain from his father Fitz-Norman Washington Later he enlisted his brother to help direct his slaves but with selfishly wicked motivation he was compelled due to a series of unfortunate complications to murder his brother whose unfortunate habit of drinking himself into an indiscreet stupor had several times endangered their safety 194 He went as far to kill his own flesh and blood to save his money and power Braddock Washington inherited his fathers selfish traits along with his money His son Percy explains that there are half a dozen anti-aircraft guns arranged around their house to shoot down any planes that may pass overhead Braddock held no guilt in killing or imprisoning these innocent people The poor souls who were captured were held for the remainder of their lives with little chance of escape He justified his ways in the belief that Cruelty doesnt exist where self-preservation is involved 200 This is probably the only way he could fool himself so he could sleep at night His respect for life was of least concern when money was involved Mr Washington reenacted this cruel and selfish attitude throughout the story The entire family treated human lives as if they had been placed on earth solely for their own personal entertainment For example John T Unger a friend of Percys was invited to stay little
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