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“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures, the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge, has marked the upward surge of mankind and greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the U.S.A.” This quote, said by Gordon Gekko in the 1987 blockbuster hit Wall Street, perfectly displays how the society today has been overcome by greed and materialism. In this quote Gordon Gekko explains how greed is what makes mankind and the “manufacturing corporation called the U.S.A” work. The short story Rocking Horse Winner, by D. H. Lawrence, also exhibits the extensiveness of greed and obsession with material goods in society today; this is shown through the characters Hester, Uncle Oscar, and Paul.
Hester displays irresponsibility and obsession in society today. Greed consumes her thoughts and distorts her outlook on life. Hester thinks that money is much more important than anything else, including her children, and no matter how much money she acquires she can never be happy. This can be seen when Paul made 10,000 pounds from gambling on horse races and decided to give his mother 1000 pound a year on her birthday for five years. However, when she discovered that she has been given a thousand pounds for the next five years, she is not happy but is instead angry because she can't have the money all at once. This demonstrates her unreliablity and greedy nature, which ultimately drive’s Paul to continue to gamble on horse racing in the hopes of satisfying his mother.
Paul’s uncle, Oscar Cresswell, who epitomizes irresponsibility also ________. Oscar becomes richer than Hester when he inherits the entire family fortune. However, even though he obtained the entire family fortune Oscar does nothing to help Hester and her family who are in debt. In addition, when Oscar...

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