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In T. Dreiser's book An American Tragedy, what is the name of the lake in which Clyde...

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In T. Dreiser's book An American Tragedy, what is the name of the lake in which Clyde Griffiths drowns Roberta Alden?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 29, 2007 at 5:23 AM (Answer #1)

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The name of the lake is Big Bittern, located in the Adirondacks. Clyde wants to marry Sondra Finchley, who is wealthy. But Roberta, who is pregnant with Clyde's baby, is in the way. He is unable to convince her to have an abortion, so after reading a newspaper article about an accidental drowning, he decides to kill Roberta and claim it was an accident. He invites her to spend the weekend at the lake; Roberta thinks he is going to ask her to marry him. They rent a boat and take it out on the lake and Roberta does drown. Ironically, her death really is an accident, but Clyde is charged with murder nevertheless.

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