The corruption of money, greed and power within a society

Money and greed are powerful forces that become corrupting influences on people and their environment. As money is seen to equal power, the wealthy people therefore is seen to have more power, giving them more authority over the poor. This creates a separation int he different socio-economic classes, which ultimately creates inequality in a community. Because of this, greed comes into play, causing chaos as violence erupts in order for a person to obtain what they want. Corruption is seen as those who have higher authority are able to abuse their power and get away with it. In Jacob's novel, The Death and Life of Great AmericanCities, and Hammet's novel, Red Harvest, both books depicts how money, greed, and power correlate together to create a corrupted society.

The mob took control over the city as they gained more money, therefore gaining more power and authority (Hammett, 43)
Some of the money from conventional sources "goes into planned cataclysm of redevelopment and renewal; more is going to self-destruction of diversity, to ruination of city success" (Jacob, 308)
People use violence to get what they want. In Jacobs, crime happens often in unsupervised parks (Jacobs, 98). "Who shot him?" I asked. "Somebody with a gun" (Hammett, 6)
"Any chance of of loans for new construction in the North End?" "No absolutely not! That's a slum!" (Jacobs, 11)
People with less money move into already weakened areas of neighborhoods that are not coveted by wealthy people or neighborhoods that can draw finance through exploitive money (Jacobs, 98)
People are greedy for money and turns corrupt because of it. In Jacobs, people want to maintain status for their neighborhood and wealth. In Hammett, many turn to violence for money.
Women also gets involved in the violence and corruption. She corrupts men in order to get money from them. (Hammet, 15)
This depicts how authority has corrupted power over the "weak" and "poor".
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