Life, it can be beautiful, happy, or sad. Life can be any emotion that you can think of. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser, puts us through all these emotions in showing us the extremes in happiness, sadness, anger, and many other emotions to show us what real life is like. To do this most accurately, Dreiser bases his two-book story on a true-life tale about a man and what his rage did to his life.
The first book opens with a man named Clyde. He is a city boy who finds a job as a local bellhop at a hotel called the Green Davidson. Clyde soon meets a girl by the name of Hortense Briggs. She is a local Kansas girl who plays Clyde as to get fur coats, jewelry, and whatever else she can entice Clyde into buying for her. Clyde makes friends quic...
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