An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser CHARACTER LIST Some Characters Clyde Griffiths A young man who aspires to rise out of poverty but commits murder to pursue this goal. Asa Griffiths Clyde’s spiritually dedicated but otherwise dissolute father. Elvira Griffiths Clyde’s spiritually dedicated and psychologically strong mother. Hester “Esta” Griffiths Clyde’s older sister, who becomes pregnant out of wedlock. Samuel Griffiths Clyde’s uncle and Asa's brother, a successful businessman who owns a collar factory in Lycurgus, New York. Oscar Hegglund A bell boy at the Green-Davidson who befriends Clyde. Thomas Ratterer A bell boy at the Green-Davidson who befriends Clyde. Hortense Briggs A friend of Louise Ratterer who Clyde romantically pursues. Willard Sparser A friend of Hegglund who borrows his boss’s Packard for the fatal automobile trip. Elizabeth Griffiths Samuel Griffiths’ wife. Myra Griffths Samuel Griffiths’ older, more reclusive daughter. Bella Griffiths Samuel Griffiths’ younger, more social daughter. Gilbert Griffiths Samuel Griffiths’ only son and Secretary of the Griffiths Collar Company, he bears a strong resemblance to Clyde. Sondra Finchley A friend of Bella Griffiths and eventual romantic interest of Clyde. Bertine Cranston A close friend of Bella Griffiths and Sondra Finchley. Titus Alden Roberta Alden’s father. Fred Heit County coroner of Cataraqui County SETTING Taking place in the United States in the first quarter of the twentieth century, An American Tragedy follows the travels of its hero, Clyde Griffiths, starting in the American Midwest before moving to upstate New York. CONFLICT Protagonist The protagonist of a story is the main character who traditionally undergoes some sort of change. Clyde Griffiths is the central character of the novel, the one whose progress we
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