'Ragtime' by E.L. Doctorow.

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Origins In the early 1900 's, America was the great "melting pot" of the world. Immigrants from all over the world came to the United States in search of the American dream, but many never found it. Immigrants were greeted with a harsh welcome, being hated for the simple fact that they were not "true-blooded" citizens. In Ragtime, the family of Tateh embodies these citizens. Doctorow also follows Father, a character of middle class America with a family and passion for exploration. Both of these paternal figures and their families have their share of problems to deal with, whether they have an advantage of social and ethnic background or not. The differences between these Father and Tateh, whether ethnic, social, financial, and even…show more content…
Doctorow asserts, "Father looked at her (Mother) through the open door. She ignored him. He wandered through the house finding everywhere signs of his own exclusion" (91). Not surprisingly, Mother leaves Father, and marries Tateh. Doctorow notes, "At the end of this time Tateh, having ascertained that his wife had died, proposed marriage. He said I am not a baron, of course. I am Jewish socialist from Lativa. Mother accepted him without hesitation. She adored him; she loved to be with him. (269). Thus Doctorow proves the have 's can overcome the have-not 's, and be happy in life. The social issue seemed to be the most important of all between Father and Tateh. At first Father seems to be plenty satisfied with his fireworks store and the money he 's making, but it soon proves not to be enough to satisfy him, and thus he embarks on his journey to the North Pole, and loves the fame that comes with it. Doctorow asserts, "In the morning Father took the North Avenue streetcar downtown. He strode to City Hall. He went in the door a widely respected businessman in the community. His career as an explorer had been well reported in the newspapers. The flag that flew from the cupola on top of the building had been his gift to the city" (177). Father loves all the attention he was getting, but underneath the celebration laid many hidden problems. He was socially popular but his family seemed to think nothing of him but a bill payer and

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