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Research the Age of Steel, particularly in Pittsburgh, How does your knowledge of Pittsburgh during the 1890s and 1900s helps you understand Paul, Paul's father, and the other residents of Cordelia Street?

Investigate the values and definitions of the "American Dream,'' and compare your research with your analysis of Paul's values.

Do you think Paul chose his fate, or do you think environmental or natural laws determined his destiny? Research theories of free will and determinism in philosophy and social science to enhance your analysis.

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