What are the symbolisms found in An American Tragedy?
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There are not a lot of symbols in Dreiser's novel; it is a work of naturalism, "the literary movement that believed an individual's life is determined by environment, heredity, and chance; survival of the fittest and natural selection govern an indifferent universe." But two symbols come up now and again: the genie and the bird. Both represent Clyde's desire to escape "the stresses of urbanization, modernization, and alienation."
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