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By Martin Bucco

ISBN-10: 0822070081

ISBN-13: 9780822070085

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 ugly element 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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But since he is by nature weak, he intuits that for good or bad, powerful forces within and without overwhelm him. Defeated by temptation, he instinctively rationalizes, and his reward is a renewed sense of his own glory and worth. Underlying Clyde's progress from low- to middle- to high-class life is a weak, sometimes vicious, morality. From the beginning, the handsome Clyde Griffiths is characterized as nervously refined. As a bellhop he learns to ingratiate himself with different kinds of people and to adjust to the social cannibalism around him.

His combative instincts aroused by community support and a faltering defendant, Mason is pictured as a foxhound leaping at its prey. Bullying, sarcastic, and sly, Mason affects oratorical displays which enhance his instinct to dominate a scene. Even before the trial ends, the voters sweep him into office. He continues to pile fact upon fact, witness upon witness, and he introduces mathematical demonstration and physical evidence, including a boat and two small hairs. In the end, Clyde's nemesis, Roberta's avenger, walks royally out of court with his entourage, a conquering hero amid the cheering herd of men.

Telling her about his not intending to strike Roberta, he lies nervously about his intention to let the girl drown. To give his mother some comfort, he conceals how bad is the Death House; and he never tells her all that he has confessed to McMillan. Believing that Clyde is guilty before God, McMillan, as Clyde's spiritual advisor, will not lie for him--for by forsaking Clyde here, he saves him for the hereafter. com In the shadow of death, Clyde realizes that his mother, at least, did not desert him.

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