American Tragedy Essays

  • An American Tragedy

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    There are many aspects of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy that involve the moral decision versus the immoral decision and God. The main theme that Dreiser maintains throughout the novel is Immorality. Each character in the novel possesses one or more characteristics that show that he or she is partially immoral. When combined, all these elements have a strong message, that there is consequence to straying from God's path.Clyde Griffiths is the perfect example of how a person is led from God's

  • Analysis of An American Tragedy and What Makes it a Classic

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    Analysis of An American Tragedy and What Makes it a Classic An American Tragedy is an intriguing, frighteningly realistic journey into the mind of a murderer. It is a biography of its era. And, it is also historical fiction. But what makes this novel a classic? While society has changed dramatically since 1925, Dreiser's novel, which shows the futility of "The American Dream" and the tragedies that trying to live it can cause, accurately summarizes social mores of this and any time period.

  • Compare Death Of A Salesman And American Tragedy

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    Tragedy and American Drama As we have learned in the past, the style of literature evolves as time changes. Different events in the world had influenced these changed. The different movements that created its definitions of their work and how we use these definitions today to classify a piece of literature what period it belongs to. The American dramas, The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller and Glengarry Glen Ross by David Alan Mamet are tragic plays. Analyzing the main character of each drama:

  • Money Makes the Man in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie

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    Money Makes the Man in Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie Through the social criticism of Theodore Dreiser, the plight of the poor is compared against the actions of the rich. In both An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie Dreiser presents characters who are driven “by ignorance and in ability to withstand the pressures of the shallow American yearning for money, success, fashion -- dreams about which Dreiser himself was indeed an authority” (W.A. Swanberg 254). Throughout

  • American Tragedy

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    American Psycho is a savage account of a wealthy investment banker in the late 80s that commits heinous acts of murder, rape, and torture. Although on the surface, American Psycho seems as though it is just another horror story, it actually has a much deeper message. This story is a harsh critique of a superficial Wall Street society in the late 80s that was rampant with materialism and greed. This is the society in which the main character Patrick Bateman lives–where appearance, material possessions

  • Divorce is An American Family Tragedy

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    In America today, one of our main life goals is to marry the person we fall in love with, live happily ever after, and skip gleefully away to live the American dream. In most cases, after marriage then comes children which starts a family. This has been a part of human nature since the beginning. Marriage and family are the backbone of our culture. Families need each other for support, dependence, learning, love, encouragement, and ultimately survival. Parents are the ones that supply these

  • Reciprocal The Tragedy Of American Diplomacy

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    monarchy and expanded political representation to anyone who was literate and who owned more than three thousand dollars worth of land. Since an insufficient number of native Hawaiians fulfilled these standards, the constitution essentially put the Americans in control of the Hawaiian government and people. The Political Instability of Reciprocal

  • The Civil War: The Great American Tragedy

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    Causing four years of bloodshed on American ground, the Civil War was considered to be one of the most divisive wars in American history. Lasting from 1861 to 1865, the US Civil War was fought between the American people, mainly the northern states versus the southern states. There is a common misconception that slavery is the key issue that led to the American Civil War. However, there were several other reasons that pushed American into the “Great American Tragedy”. Because the North and the South

  • Valley Forge: A Tragedy of the American Revolution

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    occurred in June of 1778 • The Americans won by will-power • This stand-off was similar to a staring contest • The war continued on for many years after • The Army was never again paralleled the lack of equipment • Valley Forge was among the last of true hardships of humanity during the war New York and New Jersey Campaigns Facts to know: • New York and New Jersey Campaign common name for a series of battles between the British and Americans in the American Revolution • British led by General

  • The Trail Of Tears: The Worst American Tragedy

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    imagine walking over 900 miles to find a new home? Native American tribes such as: the Cherokees, Creeks, Seminoles, and etc. were forced from their homes. Many left peacefully and others would not leave without a fight. Native Americans were forced from their homes in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida; then, were forced to walk to present-day Oklahoma to find new homes. The Trail of Tears is the worst American tragedy because the Native Americans were forced to leave their homes, to travel across the

  • Boyz N the Hood: Dissecting Black American Tragedies

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    twenty-one black american males will be murdered in their lifetime. Most will die at the hands of another black male” (Singleton 1991). Boyz N the Hood was a crime,drama film from 1991. It was directed by John Singleton and the film consists of notable cast members such as Cuba Gooding JR. (as Tre Styles), Laurence Fishburne (as Furious Styles), Morris Chestnut (as Ricky Baker), and Ice Cube (as Doughboy). Boyz N the Hood revolves around Singleton’s view on the problems African Americans / blacks faced

  • Theodore Dreiser and Psychology

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    psychological theories as well as his ability to understand them would become a major trademark of his later work such as Sister Carrie, in which he details the rise and fall of a working girl. It is also predominant in his most successful work An American Tragedy, in which he spins the tale of a psychopathic, overly ambitious young man who will stop at nothing including murder to attain wealth and great status. Sister Carrie is preoccupied with Dreiser’s statement that society is two concerned with the

  • gatmoral Moral and Emotional Range of The Great Gatsby

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    characteristics of Gastby and Tom are juxtaposed, Tom, the immoral character and Gastby, the moral character while the other characters' moral and emotional developments appear between these two. At first glance, The Great Gatsby is merely a classic American tragedy, portraying the story of a man's obsession with a fantasy, and his resulting downfall. However, Fitzgerald seems to weave much more than that into the intricate web of emotional interactions he creates for the reader. One interesting element

  • Amityville Horror

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    The Amityville Horror has turned from a real suburban American tragedy into a horrific myth. It has become the source of bestselling novels and the subject of several movies. These are some of the facts as they are known. On November 13, 1974, in the house at 112 Ocean Ave., Amityville, 24-year-old Ronald DeFeo murdered his family. DeFeo used a high-powered rifle, shot to death his father, mother, two brothers and two sisters. All six members of Ronald DeFeo’s family were killed as they slept

  • Death Of A Salesman: Illusion In An American Tragedy

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    House Publishers, 1991. 66-78. Dusenbury, Winifred L. “Loneliness in Death of a Salesman.” The Theme of Loneliness in Modern American Drama. (1960):30-38. Rpt. in Readings on Arthur Miller. …….Ed. Thomas Siebold. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1997. 116-24. Foster, Richard. “Confusion and Tragedy: The Failure of Miller’s Salesman.” Two ……Modern American Tragedies: Reviews and Criticism of Death of a Salesman and ……A Streetcar Named Desire. (1961): 123-130. Rpt. in Readings on Arthur Miller

  • Mountain Top Removal Is an American Tragedy

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    Mountain Top Removal is an American tragedy, the process in which mining companies remove forests and topsoil then explode the mountain apart level by level to get to coal layer. It is estimated that the explosives are equivalent of the Hiroshima bomb. A lot of the mining waste is discarded into valleys and streams; the water runoff is high in silt, ion, and sulfur compounds, which in turn pollute water downstream. Even with chemical treatments, vegetation has a hard time growing on the infertile

  • Summary Of David Remnick's Speech: An American Tragedy

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    American journalist and writer, David Remnick, expressed the country’s deepest concerns on the Presidential Election in his New York Times article, “An American Tragedy.” Published precisely after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, the compelling article voiced how utterly distraught Remnick felt about the pressing events and mediated what he felt Hillary supporters, immigrants, and all threatened people felt towards Trump. He began his article on a doomful and defeated note

  • Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy And The Female Influence

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    Olivia Farina Professor Mason Introduction to Fiction 25 February 2018 Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and the Female Influence Theodore Dreiser is a female fanatic. Many of his novels focus on women in the 1900’s and their roles in society along with the taboos they hold and the morals they break. His obsession with the opposite sex and femininity stems from the women he was surrounded by while growing up as well as those he developed a romantic or sexual relationship with. Many of Dreiser’s sources

  • Agent Orange: The Unseen American Tragedy

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    in the United States when a large number of birth of a baby who is born without any signs of life at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy were reported among mothers in Oregon, where Agent Orange had been heavily used (The Story of Agent Orange). Many Americans were outraged after finding out what Agent Orange has caused to their people. The Vietnam veterans cried for help from the Veterans Administration and usually the response was put on, but the veterans will not back down. These veterans would band

  • Firearms: A Deep Dive into American Tragedies

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    Gun control is one of the biggest debates that America is currently facing today. The reason why this topic concerns many Americans is because of the crime that is related from it. FBI data shows approximately 70,975 homicides were committed in America from 2006 to 2010 from various different types of firearms (Wenzel, 2012). That 's 14,195 on average per year homicides from firearms. Only 9,075 came from knives and other sharp objects, which equate to about 1815 homicide a year. Firearms are the