Select two short stories from the readings for Week 2 and write a literary essay that develops a gender-related thesis to compare how the authors of those two short stories differ in their use of an element of fiction to interpret gender-related obstacles to achieving the American Dream. Explain your rationale, using text excerpts from the short stories (with appropriate MLA documentation) as evidence in the support points to your overall thesis statement.Below is the attachment and could you please open thesis statement at the beginning…37
A JAZZ-AGE CLERK
nessmen took their lunch in order to avoid the noonday
JAMES T. FARRELL
(1904-1979)
jams in the Loop
Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, James Thomas
Farrell attended parochial elementary and high schools fol.
lowed by three years of study at the University of Chicago
and evening classes at De Paul University. He worked at a
range of jobs, including at a shoe store, gas station, adver-
tising company, funeral parlor, and newspaper. His fiction
typically depicts poor Chicago characters of Irish descent,
and he published more than twenty-five novels. His first
three novels form a trilogy about the same character: Young
Lonigan (1932), The Young Manhood of Studs Lonigan
One sunny day in early spring Jack went out to lunch.
He felt good. He would have felt even better if only his
faded powder-blue suit were not so old, and if only it
were already the next pay day, because then he hoped
to be able to make a down payment and get a new suit
on the installment plan. When he had got this powder-
blue suit, he’d thought that it was the real thing. All the
cake-eaters were wearing them. But it was a cheap suit
that had faded quickly. And his brown hat, fixed square-
shaped the way the cakes were wearing them, was old
and greasy from the stacomb that he smeared on his hair
every day. Yes, he would have been feeling much better
if he were dogged out in a new outfit. Well, he would
some day, he decided. He walked toward Van Buren
Street.
It was a narrow, dusty street, with garages, a continen-
tal filling station and terminal, and the rear ends of old
office buildings and restaurants. On the other side he
spotted a girl, and told himself that she was so hot she
could start a new Chicago fire all by herself. He snapped
song:
his fingers and watched her pass. Daddy! He burst into
(1934), and Judgment Day (1935). These works chronicle
the degeneration of William (Studs) Lonigan, an adolescent
who is corrupted by his Chicago slum environment, be-
comes a brutal hoodlum, and dies by the age of twenty-
nine. In 1937, the trilogy won a $2,500 Book-of-the-Month
Club prize. Farrell’s second novel cycle, a history of the life
of Danny O’Neill, includes A World I Never Made (1936),
which was the subject of an obscenity court case in 1937;
No Star Is Lost (1939); Father and Son (1940); My Days of
Anger (1943); and The Face of Time (1953). Among his
story collections are $1000 a Week and Other Stories
(1942), An American Dream Girl (1950), and A Dangerous
Woman and Other Short Stories (1957).
Teasing eyes, teasing eyes,
You’re the little girl that sets my heart afire
A Jazz-Age Clerk
I
JA
ACK Stratton worked from ten to eight answering
telephone calls in the Wagon Department of the Con-
tinental Express Company. What he liked best about his
job was his lunch hour from one to two. Ordinarily
,
clerks went to lunch at twelve o’clock, and he believed
that people seeing him on the streets between one and
two might figure that he was a lad with a pretty good
job, because one o’clock was the time when many busi-
Teasing! He expressed his feelings with a low whistle.
He guessed that working in the Loop had its advantages.
At least there were plenty of shebas to look at. He
shifted his gait into a hopping two-step. Self-conscious,
he checked himself. People might laugh at him in the
street, just as Gas-House McGinty, Heinie Mueller, and
some of the others in the office laughed at him. Some
day he would like to show them, clean up on a few of
the wise-aleck clerks. And he would, too! They were
dumb, that was all, and they didn’t know what was the
real thing in the world today. They didn’t have enough
sense to be cake-eaters. And nicknaming him Jenny, like
they had. Some day he would Jenny them! He began
walking in a kind of waltzing dance step, his body quiv-
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THE UNTOLD LIE
sharp-featured wife who had also a sharp voice. The two,
with half a dozen thin-legged children, lived in a tumble-
SHERWOOD ANDERSON
(1876-1941)
Anderson, early in his life, feared that he might turn out
like his father, Irwin, a jovial, theatrical raconteur who failed
miserably to provide for his wife and family. To make up
for his father’s lack of ambition and money, the young An-
derson worked energetically at a series of menial jobs which
included delivery boy, farmhand, newsboy, factory em-
ployee, stablehand, and warehouse workman. At the age
of thirty he had settled down to a conventional existence
as a middle-class businessman, but during the next few
years the writing that he had been doing in his spare time
became increasingly important to him. The tension between
the demands of his job and the need to devote himself to
writing, which more and more preoccupied him, contributed
to a nervous breakdown at the age of thirty-six. He left Ohio
for Chicago to take a job there as an advertising copywriter,
hoping it would provide financial support while allowing the
time he needed for his literary career. His first novel, Windy
McPherson’s Son, appeared in 1916, and his first collection
of tales, Winesburg, Ohio, followed three years later. Best
known as a short story writer, he published three other col-
lections: The Triumph of the Egg (1921), Horses and Men
(1923), and Death in the Woods and Other Stories (1933).
down frame house beside a creek at the back end of the
Wills farm where Ray was employed.
Hal Winters, his fellow employee, was a young fellow.
He was not of the Ned Winters family, who were very
respectable people in Winesburg, but was one of the
three sons of the old man called Windpeter Winters who
had a sawmill near Unionville, six miles away, and who
was looked upon by everyone in Winesburg as a con-
firmed old reprobate.
People from the part of Northern Ohio in which
Winesburg lies will remember old Windpeter by his un-
usual and tragic death. He got drunk one evening in
town and started to drive home to Unionville along the
railroad tracks. Henry Brattenburg, the butcher, who
lived out that way, stopped him at the edge of the town
and told him he was sure to meet the down train but
Windpeter slashed at him with his whip and drove on.
When the train struck and killed him and his two horses
a farmer and his wife who were driving home along a
nearby road saw the accident. They said that old Wind-
peter stood up on the seat of his wagon, raving and
swearing at the onrushing locomotive, and that he fairly
screamed with delight when the team, maddened by his
incessant slashing at them, rushed straight ahead to cer-
tain death. Boys like young George Willard and Seth
Richmond will remember the incident quite vividly be-
cause, although everyone in our town said that the old
man would go straight to hell and that the community
was better off without him, they had a secret conviction
that he knew what he was doing and admired his foolish
courage. Most boys have seasons of wishing they could
die gloriously instead of just being grocery clerks and
going on with their humdrum lives.
But this is not the story of Windpeter Winters nor yet
The Untold Lie
AY Pearson and Hal Winters were farm hands em-
ployed on a farm three miles north of Winesburg.
On Saturday afternoons they came into town and wan-
the country.
dered about through the streets with other fellows from
Ray was a quiet, rather nervous man of perhaps fifty
with a brown beard and shoulders rounded by too much
Winters as two men can be unlike.
and too hard labor. In his nature he was as unlike Hal
Ray was an altogether serious man and had a little
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of his son Hal who worked on the Wills farm with Ray
Pearson. It is Ray’s story. It will, however, be necessary
to talk a little of young Hal so that you will get into the
spirit of it.
Hal was a bad one. Everyone said that. There were
three of the Winters boys in that family, John, Hal, and

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