By Martin Bucco

ISBN-10: 0822070081

ISBN-13: 9780822070085

Known as the best writers at the American scene, Dreiser can also be known as one of many world's top worst writers, with claims that he's an impurist with not anything yet genius. This tale, informed in ugly aspect and with loyal realism, recounts the dilemmas and offerings of a "loser"; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and obtain his acceptable penance.

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Com CHARACTER ANALYSES CLYDE GRIFFITHS Dreiser's protagonist-victim lusts after the American Dream of Success. He is disposed to the acquisition of material wealth in order to buy expensive clothes, to be chauffeured around in handsome automobiles, and to dine in luxurious restaurants. He yearns for amorous adventures, both erotic and romantic. He trusts in adventurous companions, pleasure seekers like himself who indulge in parties, brightly lit and full of music. And, finally, he deems personal freedom and independence of utmost importance, as a way to escape pain, responsibility, restraint, and family.

The narrator's picture of Elvira praying in her dreary mission is that of a biblical figure as an alien in a six-thousand-year-old world. As Elvira prays for help, she thinks of the newspapers and thanks God for this enlightenment. Even some skeptics are moved by her earnestness, faith, and love. The pragmatic Jephson thinks that the religious element which was ready to condemn Clyde might now aid his mother-and Elvira views this as the voice and hand of God. Fighting fiendish doubts about Clyde and about God's desertion, she reaffirms her faith and encourages Clyde to read specific pages from the Bible.

Macerated by the course of events, Samuel convinces himself that Asa's treatment by their father, after all, was not unfair. Finally, he regretfully abandons Clyde and rededicates himself to the rule that sentiment in business is folly. ROBERTA ALDEN Clyde's factory girlfriend believes in life and love. Like Clyde, she desires a better life and better marriage prospects, but she has no grand illusions about marrying into wealth and luxury. She believes in the efficacy of her efforts and in the value of continuing her education.

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