Importance of Money in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

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Importance of Money in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Inherited money is held in much higher esteem than earned money in Savannah, Georgia. This is a theme seen throughout Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, John Berendt's non-fictional account of life in Savannah. Characters such as Jim Williams, who worked for their money and brought themselves up the social ladder, are seen as being beneath those who inherited their money, such as Lee Adler. The old wealth tend to look down on anyone who wasn't born with their money. Their views of just about everything, including laws and punishments, differ depending on whether the person in question is of wealth due to blood or sweat.

While Savannah is a town full of rich
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He is as prejudiced towards the local elite as they are towards him. In his own words, "Blue bloods are so inbred and weak. All those generations of importance and grandeur to live up to. No wonder they lack ambition" (4).

On the other side of the spectrum is Lee Adler, who is, in essence, the arch-nemesis of Jim Williams. The two are more or less at war. Adler, like Williams, was deeply involved in the restoration of Savannah. Unlike Williams, though, Adler seemed to be doing so for attention, going from town to town making speeches about low income housing and other similar activities. The people of Savannah voiced this criticism of Adler quite frequently (behind Adler's back, of course). It would not do for someone to accuse someone with inherited money of such a deed. It just wouldn't be proper.

Lee Adler is the perfect example of how those with inherited money seem to think they can do whatever they like. "You'd think Lee restored Savannah single-handedly" (156). This sentiment describes Adler's apparent belief that he can take all the credit for work that was only partially done by him. According to Berendt, he seems to think that he can do as he pleases, since he has always been able to do so. He has never actually had to work for or worry about anything, and therefore he knows no boundaries between what is his right and what isn't. The real problem, however, is not the actions of Lee Adler. The real problem is that all of the others with

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