Both literary works of Red Harvest and The Death and Life of Great American Cities portray the issues of modern society. The decay of social standards and humanity quickly turn for the worse as a immoral action trumps good will. Struggles for power, money, and sustainability drive people of all vices into the public eye soon becoming an everyday norm. With the standard of ethics being accepting of violence, greed, and corruption, society as a whole begins to decay. As the members of society become accustomed to an immoral way of life the area of occupancy is slowly destroyed.