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An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
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Jun 27, 2010

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Read from June 27 to July 22, 2010

This is serious psychoanalysis of common-type individual - "a moral coward", who, born in poor conditions and suddenly risen to high social classes, drifts along conditions and walks round troubles, finally trying to solve his socioemotional conflict in a tragic way. The talent of Drieser reveals itself in making the reader to look in the psychology and motivations of the characters and leaving the verdict to the reader. The essential messages of this book as I see them are the following:
1) heavily religious childhood doesn't mean strictly moral adulthood,
2) weak persons can do evil things in difficult situations, no matter how kind and good-hearted they are in normal conditions, so WEAK = BAD
3) moral codes are good for society, but not necessarily for individuals (and not necessarily for bad ones)
4) don't judge....
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