Corruption In Famous Last Word Essay

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War is a horrific experience made worse by those who try to control it for their own advantage. In Famous Last Words, Timothy Findley creates a world of intrigue as he describes the tales of conspiracy and corruption for world domination. That made World War II far worse than it otherwise would have been. This is shown through the relationships of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and Benito Mussolini.      The Duke and Duchess of Windsor are prominent people in society, who want more power. The people in the Duke’s alliance invited Mr. Coty to join the alliance because, in the Duke’s words, "From time to time, Monsieur Coty and his friends are useful to us."…show more content…
Von Ribbentrop is a very selfish man who is looking out for his own safety and benefit at others’ expense. "You must always remember what it is we want….and that some of us must fall before we can have it," (263) he says, openly admitting he is prepared to let others fall for his own personal gain. He wants Schellenberg to join forces with him. Von Ribbentrop says to Schellenberg, "…I think you and I might do very well together whatever it is you’re trying to do alone. So many plots are afoot. We live in a world of intrigue. One has to be careful not to get caught up in the coil’s of someone else’s downfall." (322) Von Ribbentrop knows that the two of them together can be very successful and that they must be sure not to get mixed with the wrong alliances which will bring them down. A very conniving man, von Ribbentrop pretends to care about others but is very much in the game for himself.      Joachim von Ribbentrop wants very much so to prevail and is willing to do whatever necessary
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