An American Tragedy Book 3, Chapters 26-27 Summary

Theodore Dreiser

Book 3, Chapters 26-27 Summary

For the remainder of the trial, witnesses are called but quickly eliminated by both sides. In his closing argument, Belknap presents Clyde Griffiths once again as a mental and moral coward, but not a murderer. He may have acted cruelly to Roberta, but who has not been cruel to someone they loved? Clyde may have let Roberta drown, but he did not kill her. He hesitated fatally, but not criminally, to save her. Mason, in his statement, gives the jury the inconsistent points of Clyde’s testimony. Judge Oberwaltzer instructs the jury to give the defendant the benefit of the doubt. Evidence is not to be discounted simply because it is considered “circumstantial.” He tells them that if they decide that Roberta involuntarily or...

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