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In Joseph O’Neill’s recent novel and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, the American dream comes off as ultimately artificial, unrealizable, or, as the question puts it, “a trap.” The trap of the...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2021 9:01 pm UTC

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Joseph O'Neill himself has remarked that his book is "having a conversation with The Great Gastby" and is perhaps even "saying goodbye" to it. Indeed, there are many similarities between Netherland...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 9:55 pm UTC

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Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby and Chuck Ramkissoon of Netherland share some interesting personality characteristics as well as a knack for reinvention. Both of them fall in love with the American...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2018 3:57 pm UTC

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At first glance, Netherland and The Great Gatsby may seem like novels that explore the concept (or rather the myth) of the American dream as a positive and powerful force that motivates people to...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 3:38 pm UTC

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The short answer is no, there is no evidence Hans killed Chuck. Hans van den Brock is the protagonist and narrator of Joseph O'Neill's Netherland, a Danish expatriate living in New York City. He...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 5:42 pm UTC

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She tells me that Chuck's 'remains' have been found in the Gowanus Canal. There were handcuffs around his wrists and evidently he was the victim of a murder. In Joseph O'Neill's award-winning...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 9:11 pm UTC

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Chuck Ramkissoon is a Trinidadian immigrant to the United States, and like most newcomers, he has big plans for the future. One of life's natural entrepreneurs, he's involved in all kinds of...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question because there are unmistakable parallels between The Great Gatsby and Netherland (as reviewers have noted). For the purpose of your question, however, perhaps the more...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 1:50 am UTC

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Joseph O'Neill's understanding of the American Dream is a good deal more expansive and less restrictive than that put forward by many commentators since the terrorist attacks on 9/11. These...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:33 pm UTC

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The realism of Netherland is present in its incorporation of the September 11th attacks. While the presence of a real-life event doesn’t automatically make it an example of realism, in the case of...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 9:09 pm UTC

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Hans van den Broek is a Danish expatriate living in New York City in Joseph O'Neill's 2008 novel, Netherland. The book is narrated by Broek and so is a first person narrative. The question as to...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 5:55 pm UTC

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One literary device that Joseph O’ Neill uses to touch on the American dream is point of view. Remember, the novel is told from the perspective of equities analyst Hans van den Broek. It’s possible...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 10:10 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2021 5:35 pm UTC

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Before delving into cricket’s relation to the American dream, it might be helpful to clarify the concept of the American dream. This idea has had a couple of iterations. Initially, the American...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 3:22 pm UTC

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There’s considerable contextual clues in Netherland that show that the American dream can’t be achieved. The context can’t be separated from identity. Think about Hans's identity. He’s a white,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 4:16 pm UTC

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Anyone who has spent time in England has invariably encountered the game of cricket in some capacity, either through conversation, by watching it on television in an English pub, or by observing it...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2021 5:48 pm UTC

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