Everything you need to understand or teach At Heaven's Gate by Robert Penn Warren.
The corrupt actions of modern business, as represented by Bogan Murdock, and the resultant tragedy, is one important theme. Warren primarily shows the seductive and evil impact of Murdock's power in his influence on the trusting Jerry Calhoun. However, Murdock's inadequacy as a father figure to Sue also is an important theme. As both a dominating and a remote figure, Murdock has gained Sue's admiration, despite her youthful revolt against him. Yet there is no indication that Murdock would be able to share Sue's feelings or express forgiveness to her for her actions. Nevertheless, in her rebellion, Sue tends to measure her lovers against the image of her father. A related theme is Jerry Calhoun's betrayal of the best influences of his past in his choice of Bogan Murdock as a role model. His betrayal is underscored by Sarrett's deception of nearly everyone.
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