Analysis Of ' The Day Of The Locust '

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When Looking in goes Wrong The Longman Dictionary of English Language and Culture defined the American Dream as “the idea that the US is a place where everyone has the chance of becoming rich and successful.”But those principles have changed. It has become something that is further out of reach for most people without facing misfortune. It has been tainted by greed, power, anger, and jealously. J. G. Ballard said “the American Dream has run out of gas. The car has stopped. It no longer supplies the world with its images, its dreams, its fantasies. [It is] no more. It 's over. It supplies the world with its nightmares now: the Kennedy assassination, Watergate, Vietnam.” The American Dream has causes destruction. The American Dream is disillusionment. The Day of the Locust shows a negatively skewed vision of the American, while The Love of the Last Tycoon creates a practical, relatable, yet tragic version of the American Dream. The Day of the Locust depicts the American Dream as a terrible nightmare that offers nothing but lost hope and scattered fractured dreams. The tone alone of The Day of the Locust is satirical, cynical, monotonic, and unsympathetic. Tod Hackett’s narration and point of view is intellectually critical of his surroundings and situations but strange and detached. Homer’s point of view and narration is unhappy yet innocent while he is living in a world working against him, and disconnected as well. The characters of the novel also further develop this black cloud hovering throughout the novel as well as Hollywood and its occupants. For instance, Faye Greener’s character: she is a young beautiful untalented wannabe actress. Her exterior is a façade like Hollywood. Her beauty is her only asset. She uses it to lu... ... middle of paper ... ...resented in the novel. The American Dream is achievable but cost your life: your satisfaction of life and the joys it offers. Stahr has spent his whole life working, trying to make vast amounts of money, only to find that it doesn’t mean anything. This is Fitzgerald’s American Dream in The Love of the Last Tycoon. The Day of the Locust and The Love of the Last Tycoon both offers different interpretations of the American Dream. The Love of the Last Tycoon displays a genuine, real-world but out-of-reach American Dream, while The Day of the Locust is an American illusion of distorted false dreams. It is an, “apocalyptic vision robbing people out of the perfect life. Bruce L. Chipman stated perfectly “Hollywood has become a scrap-heap for the broken values of disillusioned Seekers and thus localizes the coming apart of the American Dream (The American Dream Deferred).”

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