Monday, August 23, 2010

The Ladder of Fortune

The Ladder of Fortune (1915) presents an allegory, in which a ladder leads to the fruits of a good life. Each rung represents a virtue: industry, temperance, integrity, economy, punctuality, courage, and perseverance. Among the fruits are influence, honor, a long life, riches, good will of men, and favor of God. At the base of the tree stand the participants in the good life: at left, a mother and children, and at the right, a carpenter, a farmer, and a merchant. In the background lurks temptation in many guises: the lottery, a strike, the race track, and the stock exchange. [1]

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