The Clutter family portrayed the American dream for all people in Holcomb, as they are described to be almost the perfect family, or dream family. The Clutters are a strong family of 6 with a well liked father and mother, and successful children. Their family is well known throughout the village of Holcomb and are the most idolized. Mr.Clutter represents what every man should be, as he was “the community’s most widely known citizen” and prominent in everything he did. He was known for taking part in the commu...
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...ers lived the actual American Dream while Dick and Perry were moving farther away from it. Dick and Perry never reached the American Dream because they got caught up trying to take the easier road or the lazy road to success instead of working like the Clutters. The Clutters represent the ideal American Dream and its success while we learn people like Dick and Perry will most likely never achieve it. Dick and Perry’s way of coming close to the American Dream was by living the life of crime. They thought they could take a shortcut into achieving the dream by simply robbing it of others, not realizing they were only robbing themselves of it. The portrayal of the Clutter family is used to differentiate the portrayals of Dick and Perry’s families by showing us how family can affect the achievement and how the American Dream also differentiates based on family portrayals.
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