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The Little Foxes The central theme in Lillian Hellmans play The Little Foxes is greed and the extremes to which people will go to fulfill their lust for money The greedy characters in The Little Foxes want to be as rich as they can possibly be This idea of supreme greed is summed up in the line you should either be a nigger or a millionaire nothing in between 1035 With this line Hellman illustrates her characters ultimate greed by showing that they would not be happy simply being rich they had to be millionaires Hellman displays this theme through the use of her character Oscar and the way his greed leads him to betray his brother-in-law Horace Oscar is by far one of the greediest characters in Hellmans play judging by the deliberate way in which he will do whatever is necessary to further himself financially Ben sums it up best when he says you Regina and I arent like Oscar Were not sour people 1076 With this statement Ben is inferring that Oscar is a very bitter person because all he cares about is money Oscars main goal in life is to become as rich as he possibly can and he doesnt care who he has to swindle in order to achieve his goals Oscars extreme greed eventually led him to commit an immoral act to satisfy his need to be rich Oscar displays this overwhelming greed in the scene in which he conspires to borrow Horaces money in order to acquire the needed share to invest in the cotton mill Oscar says that he will borrow the bonds for three months maybe four and because Horace doesnt look at them until fall he wouldnt even miss them out of the box 1048 With this statement Hellman is showing us that because of his overpowering greed Oscar is willing to steal bonds from his brother-in-law in order to further himself financially Oscars
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