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Unformatted text preview: what is necessary to the story, so the story kind of comes off as a cheesy, quick-solution-to-the-problem story. That may in fact be what Alger was intending to do though. This short story acts as a beacon of hope to the less fortunate, under-class of society. Such an audience perhaps would not be very interested in reading a long, drawn-out tale of ups and downs that could effectively be told in a manner such as this. This story directly links the concepts of money and success together. It also ties in a moral aspect too. Dick was not at all hesitant to jump into the river to help the child, even though he was effectively putting his own life at risk. There were no thoughts of reward; it was simply an honest act of bravery and good-will. Dicks good character is, in actuality, the root of his success and financial wealth....
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- Spring '08