Untitled_document - Chapter one The main argument of chapter one is that people lose their morals to gain money through incentives In this chapter he

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Chapter one: The main argument of chapter one is that people lose their morals to gain money through incentives. In this chapter he shows how morally wrong people can be just to get incentives through the comparison of teachers and sumo wrestlers. Throughout the chapter he gives examples of teachers covering up their students’ bad grades to make more money and sumo wrestlers letting their opponents win to let them receive their incentives. The tone in this chapter is somber as levitt explains all of the reward/punishment systems put into place in the world. “ we all learn to respond to incentives negative and positive, from the outset of life. If you toddle over to the hot stove and touch it, you burn a finger. But if you bring home straight A’s from school you get a new bike.”(16) This goes to show that incentives are put in place from day one wether you know it or not. The quote above shows how the author incorporates logos as explaining the system of incentives as things that are regular to the average person. “ As incentive is a bullet, a lever, a key: an often tiny object with astonishing power to change a situation.”(16) The metaphor in these lines show that incentives can change things in negative

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