Unformatted text preview: Clyde's uncle, the owner of Griffiths Collar and Shirt Company in Lycurgus, New York, personifies the American Dream realized. He places great value on his good name, his family, his wealth, his possessions, and his status. He also believes that working hard develops character, especially for those destined to rise. His attitudes and beliefs seem close to those which Benjamin Franklin expressed in his Autobiography. Clyde's fortunate uncle is a foil to Clyde's unfortunate father, whom Samuel Griffiths has not seen in thirty years. Back in Bertwick, Vermont, Joseph Griffiths willed his property to his three sons — one thousand dollars to the "mushy" Asa and some fifteen thousand dollars each to Samuel and another son. The chosen Samuel invested his money in the Lycurgus factory. In time, his family became esteemed in the region, if not among the oldest families, then among the most conservative,...
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08