Witch Of Wall Street

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Witch Of Wall Street

A musical based on the life of Americas first great female financier, Hetty
Green After watching the play, The Witch of Wall Street, and giving it a lot of
thought I have analyzed the questions we were given and decided that just
answering one wouldnt do the play or the storyline any justice. Therefore I
have decided to run through the play in segments answering all five questions in
the process of doing so. 1- Describe the plot of the play. 2- Describe the
obstacles and opportunities Hetty Green had in the result of her success. 3-
What were the main benefactors and antagonizers. The lifetime accomplishments of
Hetty Green all started at a young and tender age when she would hang around the
docks her father owned, where she was instilled with a certain attitude towards
business. She was quite a tomboy, understanding the lingo of the whalers and
learning the business. She was her fathers pride and joy, quick to numbers,
always giving him the answers he wanted. Her mother, who was an ill and frail
woman, was unhappy that she wasnt like other girls her age. While her father
blamed her mother for not even being able to produce a son, Hetty, mature and
sensitive for her age continued to only do one thing; be the best in her
fathers eyes. Competitiveness, the need to be successful and the desire to be
only the best reigned her persona. Hettys mother warned her daughter that her
father was a shrewd and selfish man. She made sure to tell Hetty that when she
died, the entire business would belong to her, despite her fathers words
She warned her daughter not to trust anyone, while Hetty would cry to her,
promising to make her happy, be rich and successful and buy her mother a
beautiful big house. After her mother died, Hetty was introduced to the cold
brutality of the world and it was the first notch of trust she lost in her
father. Right after the funeral the lawyer announced that all assets would
belong to Robinson. Hetty protested to her father questioning what would happen
to his promise of Robinson and Daughter? To which her father, aptly - as was his
ability to do, turned the entire scenario around, first slapping her and
throwing a huge guilt trip on her, which made her apologize for not trusting
him Robinson and Daughter would do just fine in his hands As Hetty grew
older, watching the docks, little did she realize that her father was scheming
and running the business according to his desire without consulting her. One day
as she was watching the big ships with her father, she noticed something odd and
questioned where they were going After her father tried to dodge the question
for a little bit by marveling at how pretty and tall she has become, he answered
sheepishly that they were going to be sunk and sold for the war efforts. This
was an investment for himself (as he thought) for after the war. Hetty is struck
by a forceful thought; she can never trust anyone. This part of her growing up
had a major effect on the way she conducted her business. Hetty grew up with a
protective shell, juggling the balls in a way to keep both her parents happy,
having to keep up with her fathers ridiculous expectations. He himself
wasnt able to keep his word; she lost trust in him at a young age. When Hetty
grew older and attended a school for fine young girls she was quick to realize
that she was an outcast, she had no social skills, she had no interest in the
petty things other girls her age wanted and was on an extremely different
wavelength than the rest of them. This formed her to a greater extent. She was a
tough nut to crack and for one reason  she learned that the best defense
against the world was beating them at their own game. Hetty was still unmarried
at the age of twenty-five. Once again, her father, the cunning shrewd man that
he was, got her to play his game, and set her up to get married to a man named
Mr. Green. He was wealthy, high society and a dashing handsome young man. To her
father this was merely another business deal, which would allow him to die in
peace. As a married woman, Hetty has many responsibilities. She gave birth to
two children,