Title: Dream Shattered-- A Tentative Analysis of Martin Eden
Thesis: This paper analyzes the characters and the theme of Martin Eden to detail the reasons for Martin Eden’s inevitable death, highlighting the role the social factors have played. It studies Martin’s long struggle for success and his disillusionment due to the gap between idealism and reality. His bewilderment in love and writing, the change in the attitudes of people around him and his failure to go back to the working class lead to his final destruction.
Chapter One Pursuit of American Ideals
1.1 Long Struggle for Success
1.2 Changing for Love
Chapter Two The Inevitability of the Death of Martin Eden
2.1 The Bewilderment of Love
2.2 The Bewilderment of Writing
2.3 The Bewilderment of Secular People
2.4 The Failure of Going Back to Working Class
Chapter Three Disillusionment of American Dream
3.1 The Conflict between Idealism and Realism
3.2 The Determining Factor of the Social Environment
Conclusion: The idea that individuals can change the society is deceptive, which will make people go astray and lead to ultimate destruction.
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