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In 1994 Nick Leeson a trader at Barings Bank in London generated a substantial amount of debt by investing in an unstable market Attempting to extricate himself from the financial mess and cover up the debts he made more frenetic deals By the time the bank realized Leeson had created over a billion dollars worth of debt Trying to escape from his problems Leeson decided to run away with his wife first to Borneo and then to Frankfurt where he was arrested and extradited to Singapore the place where his investing activities transpired People create problems for themselves and to avoid the responsibility or consequences of it many are tempted to try to escape from the difficulty just as Nick Leeson tried to do To escape from his predicament Leeson physically ran away but it is possible to escape from your problems in a variety of ways people sometimes have an addiction to escape from their difficulties like alcoholism or drugs or they try not to deal with it and read to escape to an imaginary world endless ways exist However just as in the case with Nick Leeson all of these escapes offer only temporary solutions and eventually end up in a worse predicament Even characters in great literary pieces try to escape somehow when forced to confront their problems William Shakespeares Hamlet and EB Whites Once More to the Lake show that when we are in a dilemma we retreat in one way or another to escape from our problems but always to no avail The play Hamlet about a young prince Hamlet intent on avenging his fathers death clearly shows how Hamlet escapes from reality by relishing his own misery and living in the past Why what an ass am I This is most brave That I the son of the dear murderd Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell Must like a whore unpack my heart with words And
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