|When we hear the phrase "classical literature", the books written an eyelid to XIX, and even earlier occur at once. But the classics is not subject to time: it is important not only age of the book, and and its importance. Therefore "The American tragedy" of Theodor Dreiser by right can be considered as classics of the American literature. |
What to do if your parents — poor street preachers, and you are young, ambitious and you aspire to the better life? It is possible to reconcile and to feel sorry for all life about the lost opportunities, and it is possible to try to be beaten out in people. Clyde Grifits chooses the second option.
Having settled to work as the delivery man in hotel, it gets acquainted with absolutely other world — smart, magnificent, the world of money and entertainment. First earnings, first party, first love... And the first serious mistake forcing to throw Clyde everything and to move to Chicago.
But Clyde is successful: in a year he meets the uncle, the owner of factory in the city Lycurgus. Clyde has a work, housing, the girl working at the same factory, as it, and the most important — thanks to Sondre Finchli, the daughter of the local manufacturer, it becomes accepted in a circle of local "gilded youth".
Clyde well was arranged: on the one hand — Roberta Alden who is sincerely loving it greedy catching each his word, with another — too the rich woman Sondra Finchli who was fallen in love with it, its admission in the upper class. He also does not think to choose one of them — him current situation arranges. But exactly until Roberta does not tell him that is pregnant...
Panicking and desperately clinging to the situation in society, Clyde makes one mistake for another. As a result of Robert it is dead, Clyde came to be on a dock on a charge of murder, and those whom he considered as friends, from it turned away. And, despite overdue repentance, the road at it one — on an electric chair.
Why Dreiser called the novel "American Tragedy"? What does it mean by the tragedy? Roberta's death? Or collapse of hopes and aspirations of Clyde? How the tragedy of one can or even several people to be considered as the tragedy American, the tragedy of national scale?
Clyde Grifits — it only one example from a set. How many in America of such klayd of the grifits seeking to break at any cost a social barrier and to get out from rags to riches? Here it, the true American tragedy — an abyss between wealth and poverty, between ambitions and opportunities. Of course, not all from them will go to a crime, as Clyde. But its example sets thinking how the American tragedy grows from the American dream.
Quotes from the book
"It was one of many people which are born, live and die, so having understood nothing in life. They appear, go at random and disappear in a haze."
"— The happiness comes to the one who is able to wait.
— Yes, of course, only look do not stay all life in a waiting room …"
"I was angry. I sinned. I lay. I broke the word. Defect nested in my heart. I was at one with those who created bad affairs. I plaid the hypocrite. I was cruel! I planned murder. And for the sake of what? For the sake of pipe, unrealizable dream."