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Essay by bunny3515High School, 10th gradeA-, January 2013

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Corruption of Money

Through the course of the centuries, money and high social class have influenced people toward doing wrong. In the tragedy Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Romeo, of high social class and wealth, uses his money to help him commit suicide. In The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas shows the reader that death, by suicide the wealthy resort to. In modern day, psychologists discovered that people who have more money are more likely to use their wealth to lie, cheat or steal. Corruption of money, as evidenced in Romeo and Juliet in the 16th Century, again in The Count of Monte Cristo in the 19th Century, as well in the 21st Century, drives the force that influences people. The poor want to get rich at any cost; the rich want to get richer while keeping the poor man down.

In the Tragedy Romeo and Juliet, Romeo, coming from a rich household, shows the corruption of money in his life as he uses money to buy whatever he needs, taking advantage of the poor.

"The world affords no law to make thee rich; / Then be not poor, but break it and take this" (5.1.73-74). Romeo is trying to convince the Apothecary to sell him poison because he can make the Apothecary rich. He is using his wealth and influence by buying poison with it. His money is corrupting himself by bribing someone with it. Without money, Romeo would not have gotten the poison.

There is thy gold-worse poison to men's souls,

Doing more murder in this loathsome world,

Than these poor compounds that thou mayst sell.

I sell thee poison; thou hast sold me none. (5.1. 80-84)

Romeo is paying the Apothecary for the poison he has given him. The Apothecary is being reassured by Romeo...