The Short Story, Paper

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Have you ever dreamt of your dream house? Have you ever wanted to invest in the stock market? Have you ever dreamt of winning a large sum of money in a short time? If so, I strongly advise you to read the short story ‘Paper’. In the story, Tay Soon and his wife dreamt of owning a big house so they tried their best to collect their money to buy it. As the stock market was growing interest at that time, they decided to invest some money in the market so as to pay their house. Luckily, they won the money for their house in the market. However, they were so greedy that they continued investing in the market. The market crash came and they lost all their money. Because Tay Soon could not accept it, he went mad. Finally, the madness drove him to death and his mother decided to build a paper house which he had dreamt before. In ‘Paper’, Catherine Lim uses irony to admonish people not to be greedy; otherwise, a person may lose his life and family.

Firstly, Tay Soon’s dream-owing a house, is one of the important reasons that lead to his tragedy: “He wanted it, he dreamt of it, he hankered after it, as an addict after his opiate.” “They talked of the dream house endlessly. It had become a reality stronger than the reality of the small terrace house which they were sharing with Tay Soon’s mother, to whom it belonged.” “The house would cost many times that, but Tay Soon and Yee Lian with their good salaries would be able to manage very well. Once they took care of the down payment, they would be able to pay back monthly over a period of ten years…” These sentences reflect this couple’s greed: they indeed have a house to live in, but they want a better house for showing off. They also have good salaries, so they can pay their house step by step initially; however, they seem not to satisfy paying off the money of their dream house in such a long period of time. So it leads to the story’s climax-investing in the stock market.

Secondly, greed leads this couple to an adverse circumstance: “It was a time of growing interest in the stock market. The quotations for stocks and shares were climbing the charts, and the crowds in the rooms...

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