American Pastoral Characters

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Swede Levov is the hero of his small Jewish community. He is tall, blond, and a superlative athlete who makes his immigrant relatives and friends forget about the war and all that had gone wrong years before. They are able to make him their champion. World War II is over, and America is starting over. There is the real possibility of attaining the American Dream if one were to work hard enough and be dedicated. Swede is an all-American boy who follows the rules. He is an outstanding student who graduates from high school and goes into the Marines to serve his country.

When he returns, Swede marries an Irish Catholic girl, against his father's wishes. He learns his father's business from the bottom up, putting everything he has into making it prosperous. He becomes wealthy himself. He buys a beautiful old stone house that he...

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