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Lesson in Greed The Magic Pear Tree The Wine Well and The Silver Swindle are specific fairy tales that show the theme of greed being the main flaw of the characters in these stories Throughout each one of the stories the main characters selfishness comes back to haunt them while teaching a valuable lesson in the end Greed is the excessive desire for getting or having material possessions Wars are fought because of it and lives are lost as a result of it Greed is known as one of the seven deadly sins It is a very dangerous and evil tool that men are influenced by to gain wealth women or anything else they desire Some might say that obtaining everything from nothing is fate However these fairytales show it is not Eventually greed corrupts peoples judgments and it comes back to haunt them In the fairy tale The Magic Pear Tree the main character is a farmer who sells very juicy and delicious pears a fruit that everyone seems to crave Yet the farmer is disinclined to share with others An example of the farmers greed is demonstrated when a priest comes to the man asking for just one The farmer refuses and asks the man to stay away At first the priest is hesitant to leave but the farmer soon becomes even more angry and hostile The farmers attitude influences his customers to implore him to give up one pear suggesting a bruised one to rid the crowd of the shabby priest Again the farmer refuses and remains stingy Seeing a commotion a guard snatches a pear for the priest The priest then eats the pear and plants the seed within As a result a pear tree grows bearing many pears in seconds in which the priest distributes to the surrounding crowd After the pears were passed out the priest chops down the tree and leaves carrying the tree Meanwhile the farmer returns
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