By Martin Bucco
Referred to as the most effective writers at the American scene, Dreiser is additionally known as one of many world's most sensible worst writers, with claims that he's an impurist with not anything yet genius. This tale, informed in grotesque aspect and with dependable 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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She is devoted to clothes and fun and games and romantic love. Society is her stage, and nature is her playground. She plays with the conventions around her but does not break them. Unlike Roberta Alden, Sondra Finchley is the daughter of a rich manufacturer. com with her select social circle, but she is its pace-setter. Her pursuits--swimming, boating, riding, driving, tennis, and golf--seem more like outdoor parties. And at parties it is her custom to shatter young men with her charms, Gilbert Griffiths excepted.
Known only as "Miss X" during Clyde's trial, and still shielded by her father's influence and wealth, Sondra retreats to Narragansett. Having seen life's grimness for the first time in her young life, she broods on the loss of her girlhood innocence. She longs to repossess her letters to Clyde. Yet she writes Clyde one last note--typewritten, anonymous, and in the third person. When Clyde reads of her remembrance, suffering, bewilderment, sorrow, sympathy, and good wishes, the last trace of his golden dream vanishes.
Describe the role of Asa Griffiths in terms of the narrative. Is his effect on Clyde more or less significant than that of his wife? 10. How do films influence Clyde? 11. Does Clyde change during the long course of this novel? 12. How does the Reverend McMillan contribute to Clyde's death? 13. Discuss the east-west theme in An American Tragedy. 14. How does Hortense fail Clyde? How does Rita? Roberta? Sondra? 15. Analyze Dreiser's style. What are its strong and weak points? 16. With respect to probability, how does Dreiser establish the likelihood of events occurring which would be most unlikely in ordinary life?
An American Tragedy by Martin Bucco