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To many material riches is the epitome of humanity's earthly desires. With prosperity comes money, possessions, a guarantee of freedom from societal constraints and the ability to pursue your dreams. However, the effect it has on a individual's character may be stark reminder of what the misuse of wealth can finally cause. In both fantastic Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte the corrupting nature of financial wealth is displayed through the lives of multiple characters. It is not hard to see that a preoccupation with cash blinds people to the abundance which stands before them and may lead them down roads that end with merely loneliness, distress or even death. When individuals are motivated solely based on the prospects on currency alone they're often prepared to take extreme steps to achieve their goals. In Great Expectations that the greatest example of a personality willing to take these measures is Compeyson. He holds no respect for Miss Havisham's feelings at all. Her cash is his primary objective and he'll stop at nothing to get it. When Pip learns of this he comments, "I wonder that he did not marry her and get all the property." (Dickens 191). Compeyson walked off from the opportunity of not only being included in Miss Havisham's fortune, but also from possessing property and being married to a woman who had been of a higher social class than himself. Aside from the money itself he gained nothing from that particular scam. His continuous pursuit of money and his fraudulent ways left him with nothing more than a prison sentence. A clear parallel of Compeyson at Jane Eyre is Blanche Ingram. Blanche is another example of a person who is pursuing nothing more than cash. She is living a selfish life hoping t.. .