The fairies pretty much think greed is the defining
characteristic of humans in <em>Artemis
Fowl</em>, especially since the rumors of gold at the end of the
rainbow got started. When Holly finds out that she's just being held for
ransom, she's disgusted—but also not so surprised that Artemis is just another
petty human with a greed-fueled scheme in mind. Humans aren't the only ones
with an eye for stuff though, and as the book progresses, greed becomes a trait
that indicates someone is living completely out of sync with everyone else.
Questions About Greed
Most of the quotes about greed in the book specifically mention money or possessions. Are there other kinds of greed, and, if so, how do they show up in Artemis Fowl?
Holly thinks Artemis is pure human and greedy to the core—howdo Artemis's actions during the story reinforce or complicate this assessment?
If this whole human-fairy tension over gold has gone back all the way into legend, why hasn't anyone come up with a better solution? Or is one even possible?
Chew on This
The fairies talk about greed like being born human is all it
takes for someone to froth at the mouth at the sight of material possessions,
but fairies themselves are drawn to precious stones like gold—according to Artemis Fowl, the
only way to escape greed is to be an animalistic creature like a troll that has
other natural priorities.
Artemis certainly loves money, but the thing he's greediest
for is control—and that's why he gives up half of his hard-earned gold. He
needs his mom back in order to keep running the show the way he wants to.