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By comparing Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, this (), which were mostly based on his personal experience, expanded and. Theodore Dreiser. (). “Then in came An American Tragedy, his great masterpiece and his great success. The story was based upon the actual . Theodore Dreiser () was the first American writer, on December 17, .. In the novel An American Tragedy, when Clyde first arrives in.

This article discusses Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy, and the themes found therein. Read the article, then test yourself with the quiz! The Crime Novel Crime thrillers are among the most popular novels on the shelves right now. There is a great deal of variety within the genre, with something to please almost everyone. In true crime novels, the stories based on actual events. This genre has spilled over into television and movies, with a wide appreciative audience; however, this is not a modern phenomenon. The noted naturalist author Theodore Dreiser was also obsessed with true crime, keeping track of articles and cases in the early 20th century. The product of this obsession was his novel, An American Tragedy, based on a true crime story from New York's Adirondack Mountains region that Dreiser followed. This novel was one of Dreiser's most successful works. Novel Summary At the opening of the novel, the reader is introduced to Clyde Griffiths.

Also like Dreiser, Gillette was given a chance to pursue a better education than his early life permitted, but did not stick with it. Grace Brown escaped the tedium of farm life by following her sister to Cortland, working in the Gillette factory. The two become involved in and by Grace became pregnant.

She demanded. Its useful to see Book One as a prelude and prolonged foreshadowing of Book Two, as Clydes early life helps establish patterns that makes Clydes actions in Lycurgus seem even more inevitable. Though elder daughter Hester leads a hymn, elder son Clyde is conspicuously uncomfortable. Clyde is actually uncomfortable about many things: with the nights performance, with his parents decision to work as street missionaries, with his familys poverty-stricken situation as a result of their mission work, with the way other boys tease Clyde about his familys work and their lifestyle.

And while appearing devout, young Hester is motivated more by the attention paid upon her for her singing than any deeper spiritual calling. After two hymns and separate addressing of the audience by both Asa and Elvira Griffiths, the family return to their home, a mission house.

The parents enthusiasm and optimism for their nights work is not reflected in their children. Notes The story begins at dusk as people return home from work, emphasizing the industrial capitalist system which has come to dominate America as well as symbolically evoking a darkening of the human spirit because of this system.

The spiritual work of the Griffiths brings little solace to those who witness it; if anything, people are wary because they question the wisdom of parents who would force their children to do such work. Such opinions are not entirely unfounded, as we are quickly made aware of the ambivalence the older children, Esta and Clyde, hold about their parents evangelical efforts. While Clyde has an emotional and romanticizing quality taken from his father, he is ashamed of the poverty and shabbiness of his familys missionary travels across the American Midwest.

The constant moving and devotion to missionary work has kept the Griffiths children from a solid education and, often, from the bare necessities of survival. Currently, the family live in Kansas City on Bickel Street, in a building whose front half is used for meetings; various mottoes adorn the main hall, including those warning of the evils of alcohol. While Asa was the one first inspired to evangelical work, Elvira became equally devoted upon marrying him.

And despite the many people around Clyde who praised God, he is himself skeptical of the Lords role in the world, given his familys situation. The one thing about his family that intrigues Clyde is Samuel Griffiths, a brother of Asas who owns and runs a successful collar factory in Lycurgus, New York.

Though povertystricken and poorly educated, Clyde aspires to a better station and disdains the more menial work that would be immediately available to him. This vanity is further compounded by his growing interest and confusion over the opposite sex, which despite his good looks, only makes him more aware of his lower social standing.

Thus, young Clyde is depressed and unsure of how to proceed.

Notes Where the first chapter creates a tableau that conveys the overall themes of the novel, the second chapter sets out some of the specific motifs that will unfold. The signs warning against alcohol foreshadow Clydes descent into vice as Book One progresses.

The parental dynamic is made clear: while both are quite devout, Asa is the ineffective romantic dreamer and Elvira is the practical pillar of strength. Clyde takes after his indecisive and PinkMonkey.

This fatal combination of traits and ambitions are the core of the novels tragedy. We are informed of Samuel Griffiths and the collar factory in Lycurgus, symbols of the lifestyle to which Clyde aspires and the setting for Book Two.

Further, Asa and Samuel are the first clear example of Dreisers doubling motif, using certain similarities to highlight significant differences that emphasize his themes. While these men are brothers, their lives have taken radically different directions: one is destitute, unconcerned with appearances, and devoted to spiritual work; the other is rich by devoting his life to the creation of an important marker of social status, the collar. Despite her religious demeanor, Esta has similar weaknesses as Clyde - longing for material goods and romance, wishing to lead a more traditional youthful life - but lacks his resolve.

So when a masher a term used for what we would today call a player set his sights on Esta, pledging love and fidelity, she becomes easy prey. One Saturday night, Clyde returns home to find his mother concerned about Estas whereabouts. Clyde eventually finds a letter on Estas bed and shows it to his mother before reading it; she shares the letter with Asa, and refuses to reveal its contents to Clyde or the other children.

After conferring on their own, Clydes parents reveals that Esta has left them, but they hope she will soon return. She further warns her children that, if asked, Esta had gone to visit relatives in Tonawanda. Clyde leaves Kansas City, fearing prosecution as an accessory to Sparser's crimes.

This pattern of personal irresponsibility and panicked decision-making in Clyde's life recurs in the story, culminating in the central tragedy of the novel. While working as a bellboy at an exclusive club in Chicago , he meets his wealthy uncle Samuel Griffiths, the owner of a shirt-collar factory in the fictional city of Lycurgus, New York. Samuel, feeling guilt for neglecting his poor relations, offers Clyde a menial job at the factory.

After that, he promotes Clyde to a minor supervisory role. Samuel Griffiths' son Gilbert, Clyde's immediate supervisor, warns Clyde that as a manager, he should not consort with women working under his supervision.

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At the same time the Griffiths pay Clyde little attention socially. As Clyde has no close friends in Lycurgus, he becomes lonely. Emotionally vulnerable, Clyde is drawn to Roberta Alden, a poor and innocent farm girl working in his shop, who falls in love with him.

Clyde secretly courts Roberta, ultimately persuading her to have sex with him rather than lose him, and makes her pregnant. At the same time this is happening, elegant young socialite Sondra Finchley, daughter of another Lycurgus factory owner, takes an interest in Clyde, despite his cousin Gilbert's efforts to keep them apart.

Clyde's engaging manner makes him popular among the young smart set of Lycurgus; he and Sondra become close, and he courts her while neglecting Roberta. Roberta expects Clyde to marry her to avert the shame of an unwed pregnancy, but Clyde now dreams instead of marrying Sondra. Having failed to procure an abortion for Roberta, Clyde doesn't give her more than desultory help with living expenses, while his relationship with Sondra matures. When Roberta threatens to reveal her relationship with Clyde, unless he marries her, he plans to murder her by drowning while they go boating, having read a local newspaper report of a boating accident.

He doesn't have the nerve to go through with the plan and freezes. Sensing something wrong, Roberta moves towards him, and he unintentionally strikes her in the face with a camera, stunning her and accidentally capsizing the boat.

Roberta, unable to swim, drowns, while Clyde, unwilling to save her, swims to shore. While Clyde has an emotional and romanticizing quality taken from his father, he is ashamed of the poverty and shabbiness of his familys missionary travels across the American Midwest.

The constant moving and devotion to missionary work has kept the Griffiths children from a solid education and, often, from the bare necessities of survival. Currently, the family live in Kansas City on Bickel Street, in a building whose front half is used for meetings; various mottoes adorn the main hall, including those warning of the evils of alcohol.

While Asa was the one first inspired to evangelical work, Elvira became equally devoted upon marrying him.

And despite the many people around Clyde who praised God, he is himself skeptical of the Lords role in the world, given his familys situation. The one thing about his family that intrigues Clyde is Samuel Griffiths, a brother of Asas who owns and runs a successful collar factory in Lycurgus, New York. Though povertystricken and poorly educated, Clyde aspires to a better station and disdains the more menial work that would be immediately available to him. This vanity is further compounded by his growing interest and confusion over the opposite sex, which despite his good looks, only makes him more aware of his lower social standing.

Thus, young Clyde is depressed and unsure of how to proceed. Notes Where the first chapter creates a tableau that conveys the overall themes of the novel, the second chapter sets out some of the specific motifs that will unfold.

The signs warning against alcohol foreshadow Clydes descent into vice as Book One progresses. The parental dynamic is made clear: while both are quite devout, Asa is the ineffective romantic dreamer and Elvira is the practical pillar of strength.

Clyde takes after his indecisive and PinkMonkey. This fatal combination of traits and ambitions are the core of the novels tragedy. We are informed of Samuel Griffiths and the collar factory in Lycurgus, symbols of the lifestyle to which Clyde aspires and the setting for Book Two.

Further, Asa and Samuel are the first clear example of Dreisers doubling motif, using certain similarities to highlight significant differences that emphasize his themes.

An American Tragedy: Theodore Dreiser 1925

While these men are brothers, their lives have taken radically different directions: one is destitute, unconcerned with appearances, and devoted to spiritual work; the other is rich by devoting his life to the creation of an important marker of social status, the collar. Despite her religious demeanor, Esta has similar weaknesses as Clyde - longing for material goods and romance, wishing to lead a more traditional youthful life - but lacks his resolve.

So when a masher a term used for what we would today call a player set his sights on Esta, pledging love and fidelity, she becomes easy prey. One Saturday night, Clyde returns home to find his mother concerned about Estas whereabouts.

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Clyde eventually finds a letter on Estas bed and shows it to his mother before reading it; she shares the letter with Asa, and refuses to reveal its contents to Clyde or the other children.

After conferring on their own, Clydes parents reveals that Esta has left them, but they hope she will soon return. She further warns her children that, if asked, Esta had gone to visit relatives in Tonawanda. All this further reinforces Clydes belief that the mission work is not as effective as his parents claim. Notes We see more doubling that foreshadows future events. Esta is a stand-in for Roberta Alden in Book Two - both become pregnant outside of wedlock.

Similarly, the masher we later learn his name is Nixon is a double for Clyde, who also whisks his pregnant girlfriend away from her family and abandons her, albeit in a more fatal manner.

Clydes lack of forethought - that is, finding Estas letter but not being told its contents - is an example of his inability to control the events around him, most notably in planning Robertas murder but also in the accident that ends Book One.

Clydes already well-established doubt about his parents mission work - and in a broader sense, the pursuit of spiritual fulfillment - is dealt a huge blow by Estas actions.

He would not seek spiritual peace until the end of the novel. Further, the use of deception to cover up bad appearances is first established by Elviras warning to her children regarding Estas whereabouts. Part of this is the thematic concerns Dreiser stresses, especially regarding the way social and especially class circumstances have a way of defining people's behavior. Even traits that seem different from social expectations - the touching generosity of Sondra Finchley, the conflicted allegiances of Reverend McMillan - are shown to.

Further, each book ends with a death that also signals an end to that part of his life: the death PinkMonkey. If anything, the major and minor themes are elevated from one book of the novel to the next, taking on greater import until they truly become issues of life and death.

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