Too much of anything can kill you. Napoleon starts off as a person with love and passion and then grows up to be a greedy dictator all that wants is money and power. In Napoleon the Man who Shaped Europe by Ben Weider and Emile Guegen, the author is trying to convey a message that too much greed can kill you.
In Napoleon, the author conveys a message of avarice. An example of greed is while Napoleon was sailing to go to battle; he looks to his soldier and says, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.” (16). The author uses the words “difficult” and “Precious” to inflict into our minds that decisions are powerful in life. Another example of greed is when Napoleon lost a big war leading him to his exile of his home; he says to himself, “My downfall raises me to infinite heights.” (28). At this point of the book Napoleon’s greed overcame him by Napoleon thinking that he is better than everyone. Winning a war brings glory and money to your country and when Napoleon saw that he wanted more and more money his greed acted upon him and made him lose. A third example how greed can kill you is when Napoleon was talking to his fellow colleague he says, “I made all my generals out of mud” (45). This quote shows how cocky and stubborn Napoleon was. To think that your generals will always be the best is another act of greed.
In conclusion, Napoleon didn’t carefully plan his royal life but wanted power and money. One can learn that he or she should be humble and not want to be omnipotent. The theme is relevant in today’s society because there are many rich people that find a little opportunity to make more money scamming you. This is an act of greed because the rich people take poor people’s money away. In Napoleon the Man who Shaped Europe by Ben Weider and Emile Guegen, the author is trying to convey a message that too much greed can kill you.
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