King Midas is a Greek myth about greed and hunger. One day, Midas was granted one wish by the Gods. Hungry for money and gold, Midas wished for everything he touched to be turned into gold. His wish was granted, and he surrounded himself with gold. From his kitchen table to his couch. After a few hours, he began to get hungry and ordered some food. However, when the menu was served to him, he immediately turned the food into gold. Midas quickly understood the consequence to his greed. In this story, the White family is presented with 3 wishes. These three wishes all have a certain consequence, but the family did not consider them at the time of the wishes, since all they were focused about was their own ambitions. As a result of their greed, they lost their son and drove Mr. White insane.
In the story “The Monkey’s Paw“, by William W. Jacobs, the author believes that greed can be very powerful for achieving one’s goals, but can be disastrous if misused. Firstly, when represented with a choice to regain his 3 wishes, the soldier is uncertain whether or not he will use it again, he said, “I don’t know, I don’t know,” (William W. Jacobs, 2). Since the soldier has
Photo Credits: here already used the paw once, he has experienced the consequences for his wishes. Because he is very hesitant, it leads me to believe that the consequences were very severe or traumatizing. Further along in the story, the White family got to experience it first-hand. Their first wish was driven by greed, that being the 200 pounds they want to finish paying for the house. As a consequence to the first wish, their son, Herbert died. As a second wish, they wished for their son back. The consequence for that wish is that Mr. White has gone crazy, riddled with anxiety and panic. Because of this anxiety and panic, Mr. White wished for the second wish to be reversed, leaving his son dead. Because of Mr. White’s greed, he has lost 2 wishes and killed his son.
In conclusion, the advantages and disadvantages to greed are both very drastic and should be treated with care and caution.