The Rich and the Poor in E.L. Doctorow’s “Ragtime”


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Essay #: 061855
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The Rich and the Poor in E.L. Doctorow’s "Ragtime"
Style is different with different authors. Some take the traditional dramatic structure and work within it. Other authors will do the exact opposite. Some authors, however, will change tradition to adhere to their artistic vision. E.L. Doctorow’s seminal novel, Ragtime, is successful of capturing an important time in American history. The end of Ragtime is appropriate to it- being a jumbled summation of events- which characterizes many of the relationships and dichotomies within the books itself. E.L. Doctrow’s Ragtime showed the intrinsic ties of the rich and the poor, though the rich and the poor were on the surface very segregated and at odds.
Ragtime begins in New Rochelle, New York...
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.....s assassinated on June 28, 1914 and the World War (or the Great War, as it was called at the time) began that summer. Though this was the immediate trigger of the war, long term causes include the imperialistic conflicts in Europe over power and land, and alliances were invoked because of longstanding relationships and conflicts.
Baron Ashkenazy- In the book Ragtime, Baron Ashkenazy is the same character as Tateh. Though Tateh (father in Yiddish) is poor, he impresses Mother appearing as a rich moviemaker named Baron Ashkenazy. He impresses Mother with his status. Baron Ashkenazy is a symbol of the upward mobility and social intermingling that can occur when an influx of immigrants and non-white people change the face of a country- America.