Is Saul Bellow's "Seize the Day" an American novel? Why? What does the title of the novel tell you about the American strategy of success in life?

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There is much in Bellow's work that represents what it means to be America.  The title of "seizing the day" is a very American concept, as part of the supposed American dream is this idea of taking ownership of opportunity and acting within the moment to make one's dreams a reality.  Yet, the interesting aspect about Bellow's take on the American dream is his examination of its failure.  When we envision the American Dream, the images conjured up are those of success:  Self made, self initiated paragons of success, skill, and a bit of luck. For every one of these visions, there has to be at least ten others that failed and these stories...

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