The American Delusion In Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

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The American Delusion

The traditional ideology of “The American Dream” is the archetypal configuration that through hard work you can acquire and accrue wealth. Any deviance from this 1950s societal construction is unsavory, and those without the same opportunities are pushed to their limits to achieve the dream. In contemporary modern society, the pressures of this rigor system are outlined by student debt, financial bantams, and the writing In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Beginning a college career with a mountain of debt is not ideal, but is the reality for every student wishing to attend college. Since 1985, costs have risen exponentially in the past decade equalizing an increase of almost 500% and creating a stagnant counterculture of debt-ridden Americans (Odlanc 1). Without advanced education's, yearly earnings are projected on average $23,452, less. The pressure that without college, one will not be able to get employed is tangible and very real. College graduates are more likely to get employed but with no jobs to employ, they are left penniless and laden with debt, making the American dream unobtainable. The average income for a typical American has not changed in twenty-five years (DeNavas 2). For the majority of the decade before the 2008 stock market crash, though detrimental and in no way beneficial for the situation,
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Truman Capote creates a visible dichotomy between the characters by attaching each class to a character in a position on the capitalist ladder. Dick, Perry, and the Clutters represent the poor, middle class, and the rich to create a parallel of realistic ideal of those who have worked for wealth and those who have tried and failed. And those who have failed turn to illegal means in the desperation of financial

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