Analysis Of ' Tartuffe And Frankenstein 's ' The Tale Of The Fisherman And His Wife '

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There are many informative and interesting books from this semester’s list of readings. I managed to pick three of the readings that I did grasp and also found a common theme between all of them. Selected Tales, Tartuffe and Frankenstein all had some form of greed throughout most of their individual text. Many other themes did protrude while reading them, but I feel like the idea of greed came up more and surpassed all the others in importance. The first story I would like to discuss is Grimm’s Selected Tales, and more specifically, the story of The Tale of the Fisherman and His Wife. The fisherman’s wife finds out that the fish in the pond that her husband released told him that he would grant him anything for releasing him back into the pond. She first tells her husband to go and ask for a nice little cottage for them to live in. Once her first wish was granted and came true, she wanted something more. So she had her husband go back and ask the fish for something else, something more, something better. Still not satisfied completely, she kept having her husband return to the pond and asks for something else that she wanted. This quote, “‘Now what does she want?’ said the flounder. ‘Oh, she wants to become king…” (Grimm, 68) shows the wife’s greed tremendously because she has received everything else she has asked for. The fisherman’s wife shows a lot of true greed throughout the story. She could have easily stopped with the first wish and could have been

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