Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer, by Steven Millhauser

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Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser is a novel that accurately displays the progress of the United States in the time period. Progress was in the air and ideas were sprouting. The citizen of Martin’s time desired the next big thing. The Robber Baron of this time period has both similarities and differences with Martin. Martin strived to be successful, but did it the right way. Martin’s desire for the latest technological advancements was also prominent. Millhauser accurately represents the hustle and bustle of the business world in this time period. Martin lived in a period of economic prosperity. Businesses were booming. However, one major problem of the time was the formation of…show more content…
Martin had always looked to improve himself. He would never sit back and luxuriate in his success. Martin was also the opposite of a materialistic person. Most, if not all of his money was put towards his business expenses. Martin didn’t need a mansion in downtown New York City to be satisfied. Martin would often be content with a suite in one of his hotels. Lavish, new creations were also becoming a significant part of life. New apartment buildings, mansions, skyscrapers, and businesses began to line the streets of New York City. Martin had “imagined a city with trains in the air and trains under the ground, a fierce and magical city of moving iron, while along the trembling avenues there rose, in the clashing air, higher and high, still buildings” (Millhauser 115). Martin was also similar to the other dreamers of his time in building these amazing creations. Martin dreamt and hoped for some things that other Americans could not even imagine. Martin was obsessed with the concept of technological advancements for his entire life. Following his stint with the lunch rooms, he was able to put his mind to work in renovating the Vanderlyn Hotel. He enjoyed the traditional look, but he liked to keep things fresh and up-to-date at the same time. After the complete renovation of the Vanderlyn, “the grand
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