The Trifecta

This exhibit tells about the progressive theme of Money leading to Power, which in then leads to corruption. This is prevalent in our last two stories, Life and Death of Cities by Jean Jacobs and Red Harvest by Dashiel Hammett. In both of these stories, the 3 main factors are money, power and corruption. In this exhibit, certain pieces will symbolize the money aspect of the stories and how it lead to distinct separation between classes. Other pieces will show the misconception of trust as everyone in Red Harvest was corrupt. Pieces will also show how Power is depicted in these stories and how the more money you attain, the more powerful one becomes; and how it's a prized possession. Some of these pieces overlap multiple themes, but in the end, hopefully you can gain a greater understanding of this combined theme through the telling of these pieces of art.

This piece tells about what money can buy. Money leads to power, and the more power you have, the more money that could be attained.
As a difference in socioeconomic classes, those from the lower level class had to do what they can for money if they wanted to move up the ladder.
This piece shows the relationship between money and power, and it's expansion. In Hammett, more money = more power, which in turn drives inequality. One in place, it expands.
A prime example of what Power means in Hammett, as power is a prized possession. Once someone gained it, they were holding on to it and not letting go.
In both Jacobs and Hammett, the power was in the wrong hands. This piece symbolizes powerful people who come in to a city, and take it over by some kind of force, bringing in more corruption.
In any big city, there is always going to be corruption. This piece shows that no one can be trusted. In Hammett, even though Op was the "good" guy, there were no true good people in the story.
With power, comes enemies in a corrupt society. The more powerful people are watched by those who are trying to take them down and take their power.
In Hammett, no one was the good guy, not even the Continental Op. Everyone in their own way had snake-like mentalities. In order to get ahead, do it by any means necessary.
In Jacobs, people at the top 1) probably don't know, and 2) don't care about what's best for the city, when really they should use their money and power to help benefit the lower classes of the city.
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