E.L. Doctorow Essays

  • Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

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    Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow Up until the late 1900?s, the American populace on the whole had assumed a very optimistic view of American history. Glossing over disgraceful events, emphasizing the brighter points in our history, our culture has attempted to ignore the obvious fact that we have had, and still have, our fair share of problems. In Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow unabashedly exposes some of the worst aspects of American life in our more recent history. Doctorow doesn?t hold back anything, providing

  • Sacrifice and the American Dream in the Works of E.L Doctorow

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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

  • Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

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    aspects of the American society are explored. The reader gets an understanding of the history and hardships of different social classes, races, and cultures during the last century. A persistent theme established is the existence of the American dream. Doctorow expresses his fascination of the social mobility since it includes the impoverished and underprivileged. However, he highlights that when attempting to reach success, one is required to make sacrifices, negotiating his morality and identity. Tateh

  • Educational Equity

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    worth, and merit, then each student should have equal access and exposure to culturally reflective learning opportunities. In the past, minorities have had a muted voice because of the attitude of the majority. Maxine Greene summarizes a scene from E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime, after which she poses questions that many minorities have no doubt asked silently or loud. “Why is he unseen? Why were there no Negroes, no immigrants? More than likely because of the condition of the minds of those in power, minds

  • Patricia J. Williams

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    through a populist lens, Patricia Williams promotes a viewpoint that examines and judges the treatment of the marginalized. Williams is clearly not the only contemporary essayist with a broad-minded viewpoint on social issues. Katha Pollitt, E.L. Doctorow, Gore Vidal, and Alexander Cockburn, among many others, are similarly progressive in their opinions on society, politics, and culture. Williams, however, has a modified gestalt upon which her liberal commentary about socio-political affairs is

  • Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime

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    Identity in E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime Written almost thirty years ago, describing an age far removed from its own, E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime nevertheless explores issues of identity and ethnicity that still face America in spite of its lofty ideals of individualism and diversity.  It displays for the 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

  • J.P. Morgan and Ragtime

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    John Pierpont Morgan: The turn of the century in American, when E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is set, was a time marked by rapid technological developments and industrialization. These years also brought a heavy flood of immigrants as well as an increasingly urban American landscape. Technological advancements enabled increased efficiency and mass production. However, Doctorow clearly brings into question the consequences of this new technology for the average American worker. J.P. Morgan's discussion

  • The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime

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    The Peary Expedition as Allegory in Ragtime E.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime is primarily concerned with the illustration of broken dreams. Drawing on the tradition of the Muckraker novels of such authors as Upton Sinclair, Doctorow shows the shadow side of the Jazz Age. The beginning of the novel deals with Father’s preparation for and participation in William Peary’s expedition to the North Pole. The theme of disillusionment that runs throughout the novel is foreshadowed and represented by the

  • Hope in Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow

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    In Night by Elie Wiesel and Welcome to Hard Times by E.L. Doctorow, the reader witnesses the purpose of hope in one’s life. Wiesel and Doctorow fabricate their works around the trials and tribulations one suffers and what causes one to persevere to continue living. Elie and Blue, characters in the works, experience a life full of suffering and destruction. Even through this, they both live on with a purpose unknown to the reader, and perhaps unknown to themselves. Elie and Blue live on, but to no

  • Comparing Sexuality in Grey's Riders of the Purple Sage and Doctorow's Welcome to Hard Times

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    sexualized relationship of a frontierswoman to the men of her society. Doctorow mirrors the tensions present in Grey's novel though Molly acts as an extraordinarily different vision of what the West required of a woman than Jane Withersteen. Both novels reach a sexual climax as the heroine engages the men of her society in a violent action of blood and birth. Though it is a more desolate and harsh portrayal of a woman's station, Doctorow places Molly in a similar situation as the victim of her society

  • The Cultural Revolution in E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime

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    Response to E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime At the early 20th century before the World War I, American society was undergoing a cultural revolution. People were constantly looking for their identity and the meaning of life in these changes. Mingling the historical reality with fiction, Doctorow’s Ragtime perfectly grasps the struggles of Americans with different social classes. People in the novel either welcome the changes and complete the transformation or hang on to the old social norms and become deserted

  • 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

  • Is Privacy More Important than Security?

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    Is Privacy more important than Security? The novel Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is about one teens’ journey to show and tell the truths about the harsh things the Department of Homeland Security, commonly referred to as the DHS, is doing and bring justice. Marcus, the main character, and his three friends, Jolu, Darryl and Van, are out playing their favorite video game, “Harajuku Fun Madness”, but when a bridge is bombed, the DHS finds the three teens on the middle of the road where they take

  • Analysis of Frightning Fear in "Little Brother"

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    who knows? It may have actually worked or acted differently. Would other people be able to make the same sacrifice Marcus did to get back his freedom if it was the only way to prevent this terrible tragedy of a fear filled city? Works Cited Doctorow, Cory. Little Brother. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2008. Print.

  • Analysis Of Ragtime By E. L. Doctorow

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    In his 1994 novel Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow presents a representation of American society at the start of the 20th century. The novel explores the tone of the turn of the century like notes on a keyboard, sometimes loud and vital, sometimes hardly audible. Doctorow arranges each event and character as they would function in real society, with no one part separate from the other. Each part is reliant on and linked to another, showing how within the rhythm of our quickly moving nation, everything is interconnected

  • E L Doctorow's Ragtime, By E. L. Doctorow

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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

  • Analysis of Cory Dectorow´s Little Brother

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    What do you think the world will be like in the future? Well, "Little brother" is Cory Doctorow's interpretation of what the future of the United States of America will be in a few years. Marcus Yallow lives in San Francisco, in the United States and is a 17-year -old computer genius and hacker. His entire life changes when he skips school and finds himself caught in the middle of a terrorist attack. The Government's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) captures Marcus and his friends, thinking

  • Little Brother Character Analysis

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    Marcus is only seventeen when he gets accused of being a terrorist, and when his best friend, Darryl almost dies in the hands of the Department of Homeland Security. In Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Marcus is a seventeen year old boy who gets captured by the Department of Homeland Security. He is not only one that gets taken, his three other friends, Darryl, Jolu, and Van also got taken to get questioned. While they were with the DHS, they were kept in a cell like prisoners. They also didn’t know

  • Marcus Yallow As A Role Model In Little Brother By Cory Doctorow

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    In Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, Marcus Yallow finds himself in a difficult situation when he realizes he has become a leader of the dissatisfied people of San Francisco. He tried to deny that he was the leader of anything, but, whether he liked it or not, he was respected due to his courage, high moral, ingenuity, and his ability to undermine government operations in his city. Citizens whom Marcus had never met, but who believed in what he was fighting for, listened to what he had to say and

  • Little Brother Marcus Yallow Character Analysis

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    Have you ever thought about the antihero in Little Brother?Seriously have you ever thought. Is Marcus Yallow a good role model for kids? Well that's what this essay will be talking about. The book portrays Marcus as a trouble maker who saves San Francisco. However he did quite the number on random innocent people to save San Francisco. He was hacking into the school and he always was sneaking out and by passing security. He didn't care about the other peoples consequences for the crimes or actions