E. L. Doctorow Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

E. L. Doctorow Long Fiction Analysis

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E. L. Doctorow’s work is concerned with those stories, myths, public figures, and literary and historical forms that have shaped public and political consciousness, even when his subject is not overtly political. In his first novel, Welcome to Hard Times, he uses the genre of the Western to comment on the American sense of crime and justice. The Western has often been a vehicle for the celebration of American individualism and morality, but in this fablelike novel Doctorow questions American faith in fairness and democracy. At the same time, he follows the conventions of the genre by maintaining the customary strong opposition between good and evil, between the “bad guys” and the “good guys,” and by fashioning a...

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