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Unformatted text preview: This section delineates the awesome course of Clyde's trial. Mason blazons his case of Clyde Griffiths as a cold-blooded murderer. Witness after witness steps forward. The trial continues into November; Mason is elected overwhelmingly to the judgeship. The prosecution concludes with a dramatic reading of Roberta's letters. Next, Clyde's lawyers construct an elaborate defense, with Clyde himself as their star witness. In all, one hundred and twenty-seven witnesses appear in court. Finally, the jury decides that Clyde is guilty of murder in the first degree. In terms of literary naturalism, Dreiser attempts to prove that the mind of a man is directly related to his self-control. In court, Mason asserts that the "mind" foreseeing and forestalling all of life's accidents indeed is not Clyde's. Clyde marvels at the unbreakable chain of facts made by various and unexpected witnesses so long after the events. Although Clyde fears death if he attempts to and unexpected witnesses so long after the events....
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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