The Power Of Power In The Bonfire Of The Vanities

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Power is the ability to act on your own accord without any consequences to your own well-being. Additionally, it is the ability to influence the actions of the people around you in a way that benefits you. The influence that power grants is one that allows a person to take control of their life, and because of this, obtaining and holding power has been a basic desire of all humans since the beginning of civilization. Power and its influence are clear components of the novel The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. In the novel, we find multiple powers that constantly affect the actions of the story’s characters. Some examples of these powers are the power of lust, the power of the people, the power of the law, and the power of the media. Out of these powers, the power of the media is easily the most influential power in The Bonfire of the Vanities because of its ability to influence people’s decisions, which is especially evident in Sherman McCoy’s trial, its ability to influence the opinions of large masses of people, and its ability to expose something to a much bigger audience.
The media’s ability to influence decisions is the most obvious and influential power that it holds. In the Bonfire of the Vanities, the media’s ability to influence decisions plays a huge role in the prosecution of the main character, Sherman McCoy, and without the media’s intervention, specifically Peter Fallow’s story, McCoy is not indicted, and the case is most likely not pursued by the
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