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Study Guide to The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West

A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust, one of West’s great novels that comments on the social and cultural properties of American life.

As a novel of the post-Great Depression era, The Day of the Locust depicts the failure of one popular conception of the “American Dream.” Moreover, West’s novels highlight and intensify aspects of American life to show what it is, as opposed to what it ought to be, or even what it could be.

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