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What unifying elements does the novel use? What is its aim? The two real main characters, Ellen and Jimmy, are both introduced early in the novel it begins with Ellen's birth, in factand the book follows them as they mature, engage in a relationship, marry, and then divorce.
The unifying element of the novel would seem to be these two characters, but really, it is the city where they live - New York, and its affect on all the varied characters of the novel.
The setting of the novel is almost like a character in itself, and it is the glue that holds all the characters together.
Some live on Park Avenue and seem to have everything they need to be happy, while others are poor, desperate, and down on their luck.
They all mingle together in the city, and they all experience the city in different ways. Ellen becomes a successful actress but then turns to the publishing business in an attempt to be happy, while Jimmy becomes a journalist.
They both illustrate some of the important careers in New York in the s, while illustrating the glittering excitement and dark despair of the city, as well. Dos Passos often describes simple items in the city, such as, "An L. A smell of scorched grease and steam and hot paint came from it" Dos Passos The author knows the city and can portray it vividly, showing how it "works" and how it affects the people who live in it.
Another unifier in this novel is the use of newspapers and their headlines. They are woven throughout the novel as well, in an attempt to indicate the activities and occurrences of the day, but also to tie all the characters together. At one time or another, almost all of them are pictured reading a newspaper, and it is this news that helps tie in with the city, as well.
They all want to know what is happening in the city where they live, because the city is real to them, a real character in the book that has to be understood and analyzed.
These all give a feeling for the city, both good and bad, and help tie the book together. The aim of the book seems to be to show life during the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties in New York, but really, it is a book about love, war, and capitalism, told in a unique and different manner.
There seems to be little plot in the book, and using so many characters is confusing at times. However, in the end, when Jimmy renounces capitalism, it is easy to see that the ultimate purpose of the book was to show how American values were changing, and that might not be a good thing.
Jimmy tells Congo near the end of the book, "If I thought it'd be any good to me I swear I've got the energy to sit up and make a million dollars.
But I get no organic sensation out of that stuff any more" Dos Passos Jimmy has renounced success and capitalism, and leaves the city at the end of the book to take his chances somewhere else.
In the end, Dos Passos shows that capitalism can kill people's souls, and that money should not matter, but it does. Birth doesn't matter, education doesn't matter.Manhattan Transfer Summary SuperSummary, a modern alternative to SparkNotes and CliffsNotes, offers high-quality study guides that feature detailed chapter summaries and analysis of major themes, characters, quotes, and essay topics.
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Part of a detailed Lesson Plan by torosgazete.com Commentary n°4= ''The rain had stopped on a man's wedding day'' p section 1 Chapter 5 Introduction The extract corresponds to the final pages of the first section,chapter 5 entitled Steamroller. John Dos Passos’s novel Manhattan Transfer is perhaps best remembered nowadays as a trial run for this same author's U.S.A.
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