The Pit: An Analysis of Curtis Jadwin's Personality Essay

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From the first chapter of The Pit, it is very obvious that Curtis Jadwin will be a central figure in the novel. Jadwin's instant interest for Laura and Laura's almost immediate attraction for Jadwin confirm that there is more to see of these two characters. Norris, the author, characterizes Curtis Jadwin as a flawless, impeccable man who revered by everyone. Throughout the first five chapters of the novel Curtis Jadwin is characterized as a man devoted primarily to money, business and interested only in attaining all that he wishes. He is a man who wants to win in all aspects especially in money and challenges. Through the readings, it becomes apparent that Jadwin sees his Sunday school and Laura, not as something that he loves, but …show more content…
She had felt his manhood more than her womanhood, her sex side. And between them it was more than a give-and-take affair, more equality, more companionship...Jadwin made her feel- or rather she made herself feel when he talked to her- that she had a head as well as a heart" (34).

As mentioned before, Jadwins' main interest always appeared to be business and money. He was a strict capitalist and wheat speculator. He was owner of great real estate in Chicago, which he managed all by himself. ."..he nevertheless at very long intervals took part in a deal in wheat, or corn, or provisions...He had influence, was well known to all Chicago people, what he said carried weight, financers consulted him, promoters sought his friendship, his name on the board of directors of a company was an all-sufficient endorsement. (13) Jadwin was revered as a businessman. His frequent speculations had allowed him to build an enormous fortune, but he was still not satisfied with the fortune that he had for he kept speculating in order to grow it. Although he was no longer in need of money, he went on in a deal with Gretry, the broker and speculated with $50,000 and ended up winning. This attitude of wanting more and more portrays Jadwin as a greedy, ambitious man who

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