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Humanity is naturally greedy and usually wants what it can’t have. Bernadette Devlin once said, “To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” In other words, to get what you want may cause you to lose everything you have. This statement is valid. In both John Steinbeck’s novel, The Pearl, and William Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, it is evident that this statement is true.

Greed can destroy even the best of men. The main theme in Steinbeck’s novel, The Pearl, was the destructive power of greed. Kino was an average person in his village until the day he found a big pearl. This pearl was the reason for his life to turn upside down. The Pearl symbolized good luck, but at the same time it represented the greed of the people. Kino wanted to become rich and have a good life for his family; instead he lost his son, his boat, and his innocence.

The Pearl turned Kino from a nice person to becoming violent to his wife and losing his place in his society. Kino had the Pearl, but lost everything else. Kino’s thirst for a better life causes him to lose everything he had.

People do anything to achieve power. In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, most of the conflicts were because of Macbeth’s desire for power. The first conflict was man vs. man; Macbeth wanted to kill Duncan so he can become king. Another conflict was man vs. himself; when Lady Macbeth killed her self. All she wanted was for Macbeth to become king, so that she would become queen, but after she became queen the guilt of what she has done causes her to kill herself. The main theme in the play was; do to others as you would want others to do to you. Macbeth’s greed for power causes him to kill the King, Banquo, Macduff and many others. This leads to his destruction. Macbeth’s killing of Macduff’s family causes him to lead a rebellion against Macbeth. At the end of the rebellion Macduff kills Macbeth. Macbeth’s desire for power causes him to lose everything, including his life.

When people want too much they end up with nothing at all. It is clear that to gain what is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else. In both The Pearl and Macbeth the main characters ambition to gain power leads to there demise and happiness. People that don’t want anything are the ones that are the happiest. You most are happy with what you have or you will never be happy at all. Greediness will only lead to problems.