At the start of the book - At the start of the book Paul...

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At the start of the book, Paul hears whispers all over the house that “There must be more money!” (221). as time passes, Paul decides to put an end to the voices his family hears so he thus decides to make money. Materialism distorts the things we care about most in life. Materialism affects the natural thought process of Uncle Oscar. Near the end of the story his nephew is on his deathbed and Uncle Oscar seems to care less. Oscar’s main concern is not with his nephew. He is selfish, “And in spite of himself, Oscar Creswell spoke to Bassett, and himself put a thousand on Malabar: at fourteen to one” (1214). Uncle Oscar does not stutter one bit in placing a bet on the winning horse even though he witnessed his nephew’s condition first hand. His fixation on money and his greed blind him. Although one of his closest family members is seconds away from dying, all his mind can think about is earning his profit. Even as
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