Faculty Advisor

Mott, Wesley T.

Abstract

Inheritance has profound effects on the way self-made men are viewed in American society. Interactions between the classes in four novels, written between 1849 and 1925, show a clear trend in the relationship. Over this 76 year period in fiction, the differences between inherited and earned wealth become more distinctive in our culture. This analysis will allow the reader to understand the authors' view on the different types of wealth and how they express their observations using characters and rhetoric.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Major

Biology and Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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