The poem talks about a man named San Francisco who opens his “Dental Parlors”, with the money his mother left when she passed away. In his parlor, he collected clientele of butcher boys, shop girls, drug clerks and car conductors on Polk Street, an accomodation street of small shops in the residence quarter of the town. On the other hand, McTeague is a dentist, who may seem as vicious person but is not, a person who never gives up on success and a person who also opened his “Dental Parlors” business. The narrator uses characterization to reflect on the narrator’s attitude towards McTeague by describing McTeague in a negative way, pitiful, but shows how he is a person of optimism and hope, using tone and details as a form of, also portraying his character.The narrator uses tone to reflect his form of pity with being optimistic.”He felt that his life was a success, that he could hope for nothing better.” (lines 26-28), this is to show the pity the narrator portrays him as McTeague was hoping for nothing better. McTeague has a dream that portrays his optimistic ways and views as the narrator describes him otherwise, “It was his ambition, his dream, to have projecting from that corner window a huge gilded tooth, a molar with enormous prongs, something gorgeous and attractive. He would have it some day, on that he was resolved; but as yet such a thing was far beyond his means.” (lines 57-62). San Francisco is portrayed as a man doing well with his business by collecting clientele making his success great, on the other hand, the narrator shows that McTeague did not have that same level but is still hopeful for his success in his own business. The narrator uses details to reflect the form of pity with being optimistic. The narrator goes on to describe how McTeague decorates his office to show how professional he is than San Francisco to show the level of success and professionalism. The narrator starts off by saying, “In the round bay window were his operating chair, his dental engine and the movable rack on which he laid out his instruments…. The whole place exhaled a mingled odor of bedding, creosote, and ether.” (lines 34-52), showing how he keeps his business in a professional state. As a dentist, they keep their rooms/place sanitized for himself and the people to continue visiting. McTeague wants to add a future projection of a “huge gilded tooth, a molar with enormous prongs and something gorgeous/attractive” (lines 57-60), which shows he has ambition as well.The narrator portrays McTeague’s physical characteristics in the passage using detail. McTeague is portrayed as this tough man who may seem odd, “For McTeague was a young giant, carrying his huge shock of blonde hair six feet three inches from the ground; moving hs immense limbs, heavy with ropes of muscle, slowly, ponderously. His head was square-cut, angular; the jaw salient like that of the carnivora”. McTeague is also portrayed as this man whose, “mind was as his body, heavy, slow to act, and sluggish..yet there is nothing viscous about the man” (line 22 and 23) to contrast how McTeague is as a person who, may, also seem vicious but is not. McTeague overall is portrayed as a guy who has really have good physical characteristics, but his form acting is not “attractive” McTeague is a dentist who never gives up on success and a person who also opened his “Dental Parlors” business. The narrator uses characterization to reflect on the narrator’s attitude towards McTeague by describing McTeague in a negative way, pitiful, but shows how he is a person of optimism and hope, using details and tone as a form of also portraying his character. The narrator describes his characteristics as a tough man who may seem vicious but is not, the narrator continues off with describing McTeague as pitiful because he hoped for nothing better when he opened his business. The narrator makes it seem as if McTeague has nothing for himself, meanwhile McTeague stay positive about his business and own self. Lastly, McTeague is shown to decorate his room in a professional matter for himself and his clients.