In Netherland, what quotes can represent Chuck’s romantic view of the dream?

Quotes that represent Chuck’s romantic view of the American dream include Chuck citing Benjamin Franklin’s connection to cricket and Hans describing Chuck’s demonstratively patriotic Cadillac.

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As the American dream—aka, the dream—constitutes a key theme in Joseph O’Neill’s post-9/11 novel, it shouldn’t be too troubling to find quotes that represent Chuck Ramkissoon’s romantic view of the routinely mythologized United States.

One telling quote appears early on in Chuck and Hans’s relationship. Chuck is, not for the...

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As the American dream—aka, the dream—constitutes a key theme in Joseph O’Neill’s post-9/11 novel, it shouldn’t be too troubling to find quotes that represent Chuck Ramkissoon’s romantic view of the routinely mythologized United States.

One telling quote appears early on in Chuck and Hans’s relationship. Chuck is, not for the first time, extolling the virtues of cricket to Hans. Chuck says,

I say we must claim our rightful place in this wonderful country. Cricket has a long history in the United States, actually. Benjamin Franklin himself was a cricket man. I won’t go into that now.

With this quote, Chuck explicitly connects his dream of turning cricket into a popular American sport to one of America’s Founding Fathers. The aspirations that Chuck has for cricket connect to the hopes that Franklin and others had for the country that they intended to create. Yet as Chuck’s “I won’t go into that now” indicates, there’s a lot about Chuck’s thinking that is probably better left unsaid, lest it interfere with his rosy conception of America.

Something similar could be said about Franklin and the Founding Fathers. If one really wanted to “go into that now,” it is possible to argue that the American dream that they laid the groundwork for is far from dreamy.

Returning to Chuck, the “wonderful country” part of the quote reinforces his romantic vision of America. Chuck continues to believe that the United States is a marvelous, admirable place.

Chuck’s idealistic view of America is further evinced when Hans describes Chuck’s car. Hans says,

He drove a 1996 Cadillac, a patriotic automobile aflutter and aglitter with banners and stickers of the Stars and Stripes and yellow ribbons in support of the troops.

The “aflutter” and the “aglitter” imply that Chuck has been, more or less, bewitched by the dazzling spectacle of America. More so, his unmitigated support of the United States army suggests a glorious, fabled perception of American’s military endeavors.

If Chuck cared to look into what American troops were up to in other countries—specifically, Middle Eastern countries—Chuck’s romantic view might wane. Then again, if Chuck did carefully inspect the ins and outs of America, he wouldn’t be the romantic character that he is: he wouldn’t be Chuck.

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