In choosing the latter, Clyde is only reflecting the values he sees operating all around him. Asa is not very well educated and so does not see the value of education for his son, Clyde, or for his other sons and daughters.
These qualities enable him to climb a few rungs up on the ladder that leads to the attainment of the American Dream, but he will never climb higher.
No one reflects at all on any deeper aspects of life. The pursuit and the enjoyment of wealth is everything. The representatives of the kind of religion that Dreiser clearly regards as useless are Mr.
He is so inexperienced that he has a very exaggerated idea of the relationship between material abundance and happiness; he thinks that if he can acquire money life will become one long holiday. Whenever he is really tested he is found wanting. This is how he defines success.
At the last, even Macmillan has doubts about whether he has handled the situation as well as he might. It is the same with the Alden family. Visiting Clyde in prison, he tries to help him understand exactly what he did, come to terms it and experience the love and peace of God.
This is the key theme of the novel. Their Christianity is presented as inadequate on every level. It is material wealth that has allowed his uncle Samuel Griffiths to attain eminence, and the smart set that Clyde aspires to belong to lives only for enjoyment of the next dinner dance or trip to the lakes or whatever else their wealth can provide for them.
He is born into poverty, and the qualities he inherits from his parents especially a lack of practicality from his father, not fully counterbalanced by a certain resilience and strength from his mother do not equip him for success.
This feeling that he is a man facing insuperable obstacles makes Clyde at times a sympathetic figure, as Dreiser intended him to be. His first girlfriend Hortense Briggs covets an expensive coat; she values material things more than love, and in fact cannot distinguish between the two.
The father, Titus, is defined by the family history that preceded him. He goes to his death not really knowing whether his talk about being saved is right or not.
In a sense, his life was written for him before he started to live it. Materialism and a Superficial Society The society that is presented in An American Tragedy is relentlessly materialistic.
His Christianity does not seem able to equip him with the means to live a successful life. An American Tragedy is therefore a long repudiation of the American idealization of the individual and of the falsity of the American Dream, the idea that anyone can rise to the top through hard work and application.
She does appear to be strengthened by her religion, even though her prayers never seem to be answered. It is a superficial, one-dimensional society that he is struggling to succeed in. Elvira is presented as more forceful than her husband.Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, Christianity may be declining in America, but presidents still turn to the Bible in moments of tragedy Subscribe to The Washington Post.
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