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By Martin Bucco

Referred to as the best writers at the American scene, Dreiser is usually known as one of many world's top worst writers, with claims that he's an impurist with not anything yet genius. This tale, informed in ugly element and with dependable realism, recounts the dilemmas and offerings of a ''loser''; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and obtain his acceptable penance.

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An American Tragedy

Referred to as the most effective writers at the American scene, Dreiser can also be known as one of many world's most sensible worst writers, with claims that he's an impurist with not anything yet genius. This tale, instructed in ugly aspect and with dependable realism, recounts the dilemmas and offerings of a ''loser''; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and obtain his applicable penance.

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Once in, Clyde is the object of her pretended indifference, her teasing, and her flirting. Feeling herself drawn toward him, she nevertheless keeps him as behaved and leashed as her French bulldog, Bissell, by impressing him with luxuries, by handing him money on the sly, by warning him of her parents' disapproval, and by conjuring up a picture of matrimonial and executive bliss. Known only as "Miss X" during Clyde's trial, and still shielded by her father's influence and wealth, Sondra retreats to Narragansett.

Meanwhile, Asa becomes ill in Denver; in a burst of sympathy, Clyde's lawyers advise Elvira to return home while they appeal Clyde's case. From Denver, Elvira pleads with the Reverend Duncan McMillan to save Clyde's soul. All appeals fail. Clyde dies in the electric chair. Asa and Elvira Griffiths, with their grandson, Russell, carry on their religious work. The end is a natural and inevitable consequence of all that has happened. Like Clyde, the other prisoners have (according to Dreiser) responded to some "chemistry" of their natures or circumstances.

Sondra? 15. Analyze Dreiser's style. What are its strong and weak points? 16. With respect to probability, how does Dreiser establish the likelihood of events occurring which would be most unlikely in ordinary life? Which would be likely in ordinary life but not in fiction? com 17. How does An American Tragedy achieve its greatest moments of tension? 18. What are the advantages and the disadvantages of Dreiser's omniscient point of view? 19. How does Dreiser attempt to individualize speech? How successful is he?

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