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    Ragtime All I can say is that it’s like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights extend, but you can make the whole trip that way." E. L. Doctorow (1994) http://www.stage-door.org/ragtime.html Ragtime by E.L.Doctorow's is representation of American society at the start of the 20th century, beats the major chords of this time era through the linking of key historical statistics, proceedings, communal truths, and imaginary accounts of genuine issues. The author investigates

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    Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow, was originally published in 1975, and later became a musical that premiered at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in 1996. The story illustrates three families’ journeys in the changing society of America during the 1920s. Each family is in a different position of society. One family is rich and white and lives in the exclusive upper class neighborhood of New Rochelle, NY. Their lives are sheltered and privileged. Another family is African American. They live in Harlem

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    similarities between E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate and William Kennedy's Legs suggest that Doctorow used Legs as a starting place for the creation of his own novel. Certain scenes are so similar that it seems that they did not originate independently. Marcus Gorman and Billy Bathgate had almost indistinguishable experiences while firing target practice and later when Jack Diamond and Dutch Schultz died. Doctorow did not, however, merely copy Kennedy's story; he instead used it as a building block to

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    Billy Bathegate by EL Doctorow

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    Billy Bathegate by EL Doctorow Billy Bathgate is an important American novel in it’s portrayal of one young man’s evolution from boyhood to maturity. The novel is about a fifteen year old boy that gets taken under the wing of Dutch Schultz, a 1930’s gangster trying to keep a hold of his diminishing empire. As the novel unfolds, so does the rising maturity of the tough young man introduced to us as Billy Bathgate. Billy finds himself in situations that most of us never see in our whole life

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    Hitler’s and his nazi’s rule is one of the most important historical event s of our world. They terrorized many including German citizens, and especially the Jews. In the novel, The City of God by E.L Doctorow, we follow a young boy named Albert through his life as a young Jewish boy living at the Kovno ghetto. The horrors lived by the boy are an example of what Adolf Hitler wrote in his book, Mein Kampf, and what Aime Cesaire wrote on his Discourse on Colonialism. Some of the horrors of Nazi Germany

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    Ragtime

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    Jordan Marendino Professor Ruiz-Velasco English 300 10 April 2014 Accepting Change in Ragtime Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, named after the famous Edgar Allen Poe, has been recognized in literature for his “overwhelming critical and commercial success of Ragtime,” published in 1975 (“Doctorow, E.L” 427). Critics raved about Doctorow’s success to capture post World War I zeitgeist with the help of historical figures such as Harry Houdini and J.P Morgan. The novel was later turned into the film making commercial

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    In the beginning, Mother would “[lower] her eyes” even just because Houdini smiled at her (Doctorow 10; ch.1). Mother is obviously not happy with the marriage with Father, especially discontented with their sex life. It seems ridiculous that Houdini’s visit could “[interrupt] Mother and Father’s coitus,” but it is reasonable that Mother is sexually aroused by Houdini and loses interest in Father (Doctorow 11; ch.2). Though unhappy about the marriage, Mother still meets her wifely duties. On the night

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    Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow Throughout the works of E.L. Doctorow, many facets of American society are explored, ranging from the plight of the homeless to the idiosyncrasies of the rich. A persistent theme prevalent in all of his novels is the existence of the American dream. He seems fascinated by upward social mobility, especially when it involves the impoverished and underprivileged. Yet Doctorow also points out that with the success or attempted success

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    When you are fight to get peace and fairness back to your government, does it involve nonviolent or violent acts to get what you want? When Gandhi came back to India after getting his law degree, Gandhi started a movement to bring peace and fairness back to their government. What made Gandhi’s nonviolent movement work? The reason Gandhi’s nonviolent movement worked was because he didn’t believe in segregation, didn’t follow the British’s rules for Indians, went to jail for his movement, and he

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    Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime

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    reader a rich and hypnotic portrayal of the soul of immigrant America, yet still fails to avoid ethnic bias in certain subtle ways.  Whether the lapses into feelings of cultural superiority originate from the purposeful portrayal of the characters Doctorow created or without the author's conscious prior awareness, a careful reading of the text will reveal them.  In this way, these same assumptions and prejudices test our own.  As Ragtime delineates between ethnic identities that are understood

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