Mcteague: A Story of San Francisco by Frank Norris

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Considering the ending, how does it change or add to the characterizations of McTeague, Marcus, and Trina?

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McTeague is a massive, mentally slow, and psychologically primitive man who has evolved as far as he possibly can. He manages to control his animal-like tendencies until Trina enters his life. Then the animal inside of him surfaces, and he can no longer cope with his environment or Trina's obsessive hoarding. He becomes an animal, and the end of the story supports this. He finds himself handcuffed to Marcus's corpse in the middle of Death Valley. In the end, he's like an animal who has...

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