The assignment: Write a short story in which at least one of your characters or recurring objects is symbolic of something else. Before you begin writing, determine the point of your story, and what you want to show your readers. Use symbolism to help make your point.

My Point: My point is that the love of money will lead one on an endless journey in which nothing of value is gained, and even when something valuable is found, pride will blind one as to not discern it.

The Title: The Love of Money

The Author: (The-Rebel-With-A-Cause

The Love of Money

It was a very desolate road in the midst of a very desolate plain where these three wanderers plodded along, each with high hopes of returning with their sought-after treasure. It was told to them two weeks before by a wise, old sage, quite reverend and honorable, who lived his life in the comfort of the village temple with many pursuing his advice, that to find the treasure they sought, they must search in a far-away land called Jaqueria, many miles from the village. So, taking upon themselves the testing travel, they, in two weeks, managed to near the place foretold to them. It is there where we will confront the motives behind these three sojourners.

The first, and leader of the party, whose name is Simpleton, was the one who asked the sage the question that prompted this journey. The question, vainly asked, was, "Where may I and my accompaniment find enough riches to support our lives without worry for eternity?" Simpleton was encouraged to provide this question in the arrogant hope that one day he needn't ever want again, for he was a spoiled fellow who had once had a rich heritage but lost all his means when he failed the king's errand to watch and protect his sheep. When the king came to fetch him and found two of his most pleasing sheep missing and a hole hewn out by thieves' hands in the fence surrounding the small field, he deemed Simpleton unworthy of his inheritance and cast him penniless into the street. Instead of finding a humble dwelling and wholesome work, the poor fool turned to the sage in the hope that without effort on his part, he may gain a world of riches and glory. It was in the village temple, the abode of the sage, where he stumbled upon his two comrades, Greedy and Innocent, who had toiled in dissimilar hardships that had led them to the same conclusion, and quickly formed a pact with them.

Greedy was rich already, with pile upon pile of gold and silver and rupees, but he was not content with his treasure. After so many days of monotony, sitting upon his pile of riches with nothing to do but think and scheme, he had formed a very rotten habit of lusting after money. In his empty head he had twisted a very dishonest pretense which was that he was not rich enough. Therefore, he had, like Simpleton, sought the sage to enlighten him on where he could obtain endless riches.

The last in the treasure-seeking party was one called Innocent, a beggar who had wandered into the sage's abode with little thought as to why. He was not a wise fellow, but in him there was no malignity or yearning for riches. He was a gullible young man who had, by some unforeseen misfortune, come to overhear, near the temple gate, the deceitful strategy of the two afore mentioned, wicked money-seekers. He had listened to them lie about how, with the money they should gain, all pain and sorrow would flee from them and that they would want no longer. Now Innocent felt sure this was truth, by the way the evil men declared it, and wanted in his unassuming heart to merely take part in the victory over pain these men spoke of. Therefore, he too, entered into the pact and together they sought the treasure the sage spoke of.

They were close, quite close to the place the sage spoke of, and a thought or two were racing through each one's brain. Simpleton was thinking how with his supply of riches, he might overthrow the king's throne, take it for himself, and toss the king penniless into the street to fend for himself. Greedy was thinking about how after they found the treasure, he'd somehow sneak away from his comrades, taking the entire flood of money with him and not sharing it with his helpers in the endeavor. Innocent, however, had not a thought in his head. He was merely enjoying the bright blue sky and whistling a merry tune that quite upset the darkened hearts of his companions.

So with revenge and greed in two bitter hearts, they came upon the exact location spoken to them by the sage. In their midst was a small treasure chest, not much to look at, not adorned with jewels and finery, but humble and plain.

"What's this!" cried Greed, sure that this small chest could contain nothing of importance. "Why, I'll ring the very neck of that valueless sage for misleading me!" he bellowed.

"Aye, but wait," began Simpleton, stooping low toward the chest, "let us see what it contains before returning." They all crowded near as Simpleton laid hand upon the lock and lifted the cover. Behold, within was nothing but a small parchment.

"We have been tricked!" thundered Greed. "Come, brothers, let us fall upon the sage and smite him for his trickery."

"I be with you. Let us go," agreed Simpleton. Upon his horse again, he rode off following Greed back the way they had traveled. They were so filled with wrath, they didn't notice that Innocent was not with them.

Innocent had unraveled the paper and with shaken nerves and a wizened heart gazed down at the righteous words,

"But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil:"