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    Four Novels and the American Dream

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    In eleven pages the American Dream as it is represented in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Nella Larsen's Passing, Nahid Rachlin's Foreigner, and Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine are explored. Eight sources are cited in the bibliography.

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    terms of experiences, emotions and insight into the human condition. In this instance, we will examine the works of four different authors and compare their reality of the American  Dream versus their ideal of what it should be. These authors have all written intriguing tales which offer the reader much to think about. These authors and their  works are Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee, Foreigner by Nahid Rachlin, Passing by Nella Larsen, and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.  When we think of the American Dream generally we think in terms of success and positive conditions. Rarely do we consider the flip side of the dream until  it comes upon us in a personal way. The poignancy of these novels lies in their ability to help us understand loss and despair from very different, but very  evocative points of view. Whether struggling with skin color or struggling with ugliness, these characters show us through their struggles the ache of not "fitting in". They also  show us courage, compassion, strength and character by the ways in which they handle their lives and struggles. Morrisons The Bluest Eye gives us Pecola Breedlove, a young  girl who is rejected by nearly everyone. In fact, so too is her family as the lot of them is cursed with ugliness and rejection. The book portrays  the Breedloves as a clan moving forth in the world despite their apparent disadvantage, almost as if they may be unaware of it, except of course, for Pecola. Pecola  often wishes for blue eyes in an effort to be pretty and therefore loved - hence the title of the book. In addition, the Breedlove family is black further 

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