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    The Rise of Silas Lapham

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    Rise of Silas Lapham,” written by William Dean Howells, Silas’s desire to conform to the standards of society is the root of his company’s downfall but the rise of his understanding and morals. The society Silas is trying to feel accepted by is very judgmental and vain and do not care about others therefore making it very tough for the Laphams to be accepted or even feel somewhat normal where they are living. Persis is a significant character in the novel because in the end she is why Silas does the

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    the fall of silas lapham

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    In William Dean Howells’ novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham Silas is a very greedy selfish person who does not care about anything except climbing the social ladder. He has false social aspirations and his lust for power help his business to flourish as he rips people off and steels people’s money. As Silas begins to get higher and higher on the social ladder he begins to realize that his dreams are empty and have no real value as he achieves them. His greed and selfishness then come back to haunt him

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    greater attention rather than action and plot. “There is only one Bartley Hubbard, and he appears…in the pages of a remarkable novel that opened the way to Dreiser and to all those other realists” (Wright, 182). Howells’s best-known work, The Rise of Silas Lapham, showed a realism characteristic that upheld the anti-romantic stance that Howells presented. This passage “does not preclude realistic presentation…but implies the extent to which Howells’s Realism was not only the exemplification of a mode, but

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    Character Manipulation in Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham Of all the characters who undergo change in The Rise of Silas Lapham, Lapham's change is the only one looked upon in a positive light by the narrator. William Dean Howells uses the corruption of other characters to promote Lapham's newfound morality and reinforce his ultimate triumph. Before Lapham's financial ruin, he is the only character with fault. Yet as his world crumbles, so does the credibility and innocence of his wife, two

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    The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells In the novel, The Rise of Silas Lapham, William Dean Howells makes a particular point about the morals of an individual in the business world. His point is that an individual, such as Silas, must check their morals at the door if they have any plans to make it in the business world. The novel has always been popular, partly because it presents Lapham's financial and social failure as "consciously and deliberately chosen" when he has to decide

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    Motivation of Immorality in The Rise of Silas Lapham and The Octopus In both William Dean Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham and The Octopus by Frank Norris, a character is faced with the moral issues involved with operating his business. Howells' character, Silas Lapham (The Colonel) and Norris' Magnus Derrick are both desirous to have a prominent position in their respective societies, but are in the precarious situation of having to deploy immoral methods to achieve this coveted stature during

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    silas lapham

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    In William D. Howells’s “The Rise of Silas Lapham”, Silas is faced with many conflicts that cause him to lose people he cares about, destroy his company, but most importantly greed and selfish ambition. Silas has no intention of changing until he is faced with the most important challenge of all. This is finding his true self. In the title of “The Rise of Silas Lapham” it is not the “rise” to wealth, greed and selfish ambition, it is the “rise” to humility, honesty and becoming a good man by the

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    The Bridge

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    spreads throughout the area with the most minimal of efforts. In the novel The Rise of Silas Lapham, written by William Dean Howells, there are two families. These families are connected by a single man, Tom Corey. Tom is part of the Corey family and he meets the Laphams in a time in his life when he wishes to make something of himself. Tom is given a job in Silas Lapham’s mineral paint business, which has made Silas rich, but does not come with a social standing. Tom is the bridge between these two

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    and Realism in Henry James’ Washington Square Realism, as described by William Dean Howells in the late nineteenth century, replaces the high art and style of the literature of the preceding decades by permitting such characters as Howells' Silas Lapham to have a distinct place in the pantheon of American literary characters. Fervently, Howells invoked the "truth" of the realist genre, writing, "ŒLet it portray men and women as they are, actuated by the motives and the passions in the measure

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    researched in hopes of one day better understanding the issue. There is a significant difference in the lifestyles of those with opposite socioeconomic statuses. This semester we have read two works that demonstrate this difference, The Rise of Silas Lapham and The Friends of Eddie Coyle. While these two stories h... ... middle of paper ... ...t Coyle within the text by including the facts that he was a short stocky man and that one of his hands had been severely scared from a previous business

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