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Disillusionment of American Dreams in the Human Stain

Author HeWenJing
Tutor LiLing
School Central South University
Course English Language and Literature
Keywords Philip Roth The filth of human nature The disillusion
Type Master's thesis
Year 2011
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The most influential contemporary Jewish-American writer Philip Roth (1933 -) in 2000 published his \Novel to the American Society of historical events from the 1940s to the 1990s, describing the three main characters in their pursuit of the American dream and its living conditions, and to show the reader a panorama of contemporary American society. Throughout American history, the \Numerous immigrants in order to escape religious persecution, or arriving in the United States in pursuit of economic prosperity, with their dreams, trying to build the ideal \With the development of the history of the United States, the American dream was given different connotations. \This paper attempts from the point of view of the \In addition to the introduction and conclusion, including a total of three chapters. The first chapter \Based on different historical and cultural backgrounds, their American dream is given a different meaning, that Coleman's dream of freedom, the Defen Ni success dream, Leicester happy dream. The second chapter discusses the process of disillusionment of the three main characters in the dream and the reality of the plight of the American dream. Coleman, the Defen Ni and Leicester's dream to death, mental wandering, and become a social outcast and disillusionment. The third chapter analyzes the social roots of the three main characters dream off. 90 of political correctness, the contradiction between American individualism and traditional French culture, as well as the Vietnam War wounds of war. Although the three main characters in pursuit of the American dream content is different, but the essence of the dream is the same. They want to integrate into mainstream American society through their own efforts to find an idealized state of life in American society. But each of them cherished and fought for the American dream ended in disillusionment. They dream of disillusionment from the irreconcilable contradictions within the American society. The United States is no longer freedom, equality and democracy on the basis of the Promised Land, but full equality and discrimination paradox disappointed. \

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