Analysis Of ' I 've Quit The Old Business '

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Will Dobert Hour 2 District Performance Event “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” -Bob Marley. Jimmy Valentine robbed banks and never had to suffer the consequences, thanks to his large network of supporters. After countless successful robberies and evasions from the law, Jimmy decided to go quiet and put on an alternate identity. He became Ralph Spencer and moved to Elmore, a quiet town, where he set up a shoe store and became engaged to a woman named Annabel. Jimmy Valentine was truly dedicated to living a moral life because he was willing to dispose of all evidence of his past doings, he was earning money through honest means, and he…show more content…
Jimmy Valentine was dedicated to living an honest life because he was earning money through legitimate means. In the story, Jimmy says “I’ve got a nice store. I’m making an honest living.” This statement means that Jimmy owned a store which he was using to earn money legitimately, instead of stealing it from banks. Jimmy stated that he would not even think of taking another person’s money, even if it were the easiest money to steal. This shows that Jimmy was very dedicated to earning money legitimately, or else he would have still been tempted to steal money. In the text, the narrator says that Jimmy’s store was doing very well and had gained respect throughout Elmore. This fact proves that Jimmy was ready to forever give up robbing, since he cared so much for his store and the town he lived in. Jimmy was dedicated to living a moral life as he began to earn money through honest means. Jimmy Valentine was dedicated to living an honest life because he made himself a big part of Annabel’s family. In the story, Jimmy says “I’m going to marry the finest girl on Earth two weeks from now.” Jimmy says he is marrying, which would likely mean he is committed to living honestly for his future wife’s sake. In the text, the narrator says that Jimmy was allowed pretty much anywhere in his Annabel’s father’s bank. This fact means that Jimmy has committed to living honestly and without stealing, which gained him the
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