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It is often believed that those with money have achieved their wealth by stepping on others and cheating their way to the top However as George Bernard Shaw states and as suggested in Davis Richards Mercy among the children it is in fact The lack of money that is the root of all evil George Shaw The meaning of George Shaws quote is that it is not money that makes people evil its people in the search of money who become evil This is well proven in the novel Mercy among the Children there are those that have money and those that do not If George Shaws quote is to hold true those with a lack of money should be the most evil One character that applies to this is Mat Pit However there are characters that also have a lack of money and yet are clearly not the root of evil such as Sidney Henderson Furthermore other characters prove to somewhat apply to the quote by having money and being somewhat sinful such as Rudy Bellanger All of these characters apply to George Shaws quote in different way and will be examined furtherGeorge Shaws quote applies to several characters in mercy among the children however it applies the most to Mat pit Mat and his family are extremely poor and mat is considered to be the town thug It is mats pursuit for money combined with his capacity to lie and do whatever it takes to get rich that makes mat so evil He even goes as far as braking into Leo McVicers house to regain the money that he believes was stolen from him When mat says Theres big money in there big top dog money-that McVicers stole from me This was mats latest claimmercy among the children 389 he is in the process of braking into Leo MacVicers house Mat is easily allured by money the line Theres big money in there
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