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Human Frailty and Futility in An American Tragedy

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andrea giraldo

on 16 April 2015

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Transcript of Human Frailty and Futility in An American Tragedy

Human Frailty
Moral weakness
Clyde's upbringing leaves him unable to resist sinful temptations
Human Futility
Attempts to achieve "the American dream" are useless
Social Inequity
Clyde was exposed to the injustice of the world through his parent's lifestyle
Lack of Privilege
Clyde was born into poverty
Since his parents never understood the idea of material wealth, Clyde has no clear path to success
He has no idea how to achieve success
Tries to achieve his American dream by childish and impractical ways
How These Themes Relate
His moral weakness that was brought on by the social inequity of his life influenced his actions as an adult
Bibliography
"An American Tragedy-Dreiser." Scribd. Web. 12 Apr. 2015.

Orlov, Paul. An American Tragedy: Perils of the Self Seeking "success" 112. Print.
The End
Human Frailty and Futility in
An American Tragedy

By Nicole Deason and Andrea Giraldo
Period 2

Clyde believed family's lifestyle was futile
He felt as though he had to work harder than everyone around him to get the same results
Clyde's upbringing contributed to his idea that achieving the American Dream is futile
Clyde's destruction is the consequence of his innate frailty
"An American Tragedy (1931) - Toronto Film Society." Toronto Film Society. 1 Nov. 2013. Web. 10 Apr. 2015.
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