Literary Works about Success

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In a world full of success gurus and books about success, it becomes ever so more important to describe the one quality that ultimately leads to success. This plague conquered the human minds and pushed us, till we came up with the ideas to sell “success guiding books” and making money which leads to successfulness. In the story, the house, in which Paul’s family lives in, is personified to be standing for more money: “And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money! The children could hear it all the time though nobody said it aloud. (151)”. This is a symbolic element because it shows how much greed that house held, and how greed was driven by an addiction to money in each member of that house. There is never enough money for Paul’s mother and the house is caught the bug of that overwhelming need. It is this insatiable need for money that leads to consequences in the end as we read in the story and lead to Paul’s death. But Paul’s death is just a small fraction of what is going on in the real world. Wars in the name of success were fought and driven humans to kill each other. A simple example is Napoleon; he conquered in the name of success. In other words, this communicates the theme of how money corrupts humanity. In the short story, "The Rocking Horse Winner," there is a little boy who competed for his mother's love, and his mother brought her son to his death with her confusing vocabulary.
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