The Consumerism Culture in "American Tragedy"
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- American Tragedy; consumerism culture; conspicuous consumption
Theodore Dreiser, the famous American novelist, created a capitalist world filled with materialistic desires and consumerism in American Tragedy, one of his masterpieces. All the characters in the novel, without exception, have been blinded by materialism and have gradually abandoned the traditional ethics in the mad pursuit of the material world. The hero's chasing and longing for tangible goods is actually the psychological demands of social status and identity which symbolizes these consumption goods, and the hero's falling psychological process is actually the one in which the hero's psychology has been alienated by the consumerism culture. In this paper, the author comprehensively explores the consumerism culture in American Tragedy through analyzing the hero's pursuit of clothes, private cars, houses and other goods, and reveals the roots of the tragedy of the novel ---- the irrational conspicuous consumption.
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TY - CONF AU - Shuai Chen PY - 2016/05 DA - 2016/05 TI - The Consumerism Culture in "American Tragedy" BT - Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Arts, Design and Contemporary Education PB - Atlantis Press SP - 215 EP - 217 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/icadce-16.2016.47 DO - https://doi.org/10.2991/icadce-16.2016.47 ID - Chen2016/05 ER -