An Analysis Of Dashiell Hammett 's Moral Message About The Relentless Pursuit Of Wealth

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Contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. Those who pursue wealth fall into temptation, harmful desires, ruin and destruction; for the love of money is the root of all evil (The New American Bible). This excerpt from the bible still holds true today. Some people in their effort to become wealthy will do anything to achieve wealth. The society today still equals wealth with power. Wealth in itself is not evil, it is the love of it that is evil. The love of money is what leads to corruption, embezzlement, human trafficking, drug smuggling, gambling, robbery and other social vices. Dashiell Hammett moral message about the relentless pursuit of wealth is that the relentless pursuit of wealth is the root of all evil. Hammett’s message is still very relevant today because the society has not morally progressed since the 1920’s.
The Character of people’s attitude toward wealth is best summed up by the attitude of Sam Spade and Miles Archer toward money. Miss Brigid tells Spade that the story she had given them was just a story she made up, therefore is no truth to it. Sam Spade gives her the answer that reflects how important the money was for them, and not her situation. He tells her, “we didn’t exactly believe your story, we believed your two hundred dollars” (Hammett 33). Even though Spade tries to justify the reason why they accepted her money by saying “I mean that you paid us more than if you had been telling the…

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