por Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The Goose with the Golden Egg
- 620-560 BCE
Aesop was a slave and story-teller who was believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 560 BCE. This story, in which a man becomes greedily obsessed with a goose that lays golden eggs, is part of his collection of tales known as “Aesop’s Fables” which have influenced children’s literature and modern storytelling culture.Pair “The Goose with the Golden Egg” with “The Golden Touch” and ask students what has made myths and fables about greed to remain popular for centuries. Are they still relevant today?
You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience
- Maanvi Singh
According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, spending money on experiences rather than materials can indeed bring people joy.Pair "You Can Buy Happiness, If It's An Experience" with “The Golden Touch” and have students contrast the news article with Hawthorne’s story.
The Golden Touch
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
This text is Hawthorne's retelling of the classic myth of King Midas, whose greedy wish for a “golden touch” ends up taking away what is most valuable to him.Pair “Midas” with “The Golden Touch” and ask students to compare these portrayals of the ancient myth.
Jack and the Beanstalk
- Joseph Jacobs
In this well-known fairy tale, a young boy secures a fortune through bold fearlessness and risk-taking.Pair “Jack and the Beanstalk” with “The Golden Touch” and ask students to compare the themes and messages of the two pieces. How do they build upon and inform one another in terms of the question of the role of money and the desire for money in our lives? Do you think they set forth the same answer to that question? In what ways is King Midas’s quest for a larger fortune different from Jack’s wish to secure money for his mother and himself?
- Richard Matheson
In “Button, Button,” a mysterious man presents a young couple with a horrifying opportunity: murder someone in exchange for $50,000.Pair “The Golden Touch” with “Button, Button” and ask students to compare the story’s endings. Which conveys the theme more effectively? Why do you think that Hawthorne chose a happy ending for his story? Why do you think Matheson chose a tragic ending?