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The American dream in "Them", by Joyce Carol Oates

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  1. The dreams and expectations of the main characters
  2. The characters' wishes linked to the American dream
  3. How does Oates confront their reality to their dreams?

"Them", written by Joyce Carol Oates in 1969, is a naturalistic novel which depicts the life of the Wendalls, a working class family. Even if it is a fiction, it has been written thanks to Wendall's account of her life. The story starts in 1930's with the Great Depression and ends in 1960's with the race riots ; most of it takes place in Detroit. It tells us about the everyday life and struggles of three main characters : Loretta and her children Maureen and Jules who are trying to live The American Dream.

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