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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 2, Chapter 45 Summary

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Book 2, Chapter 45 Summary

The dark side of human nature, or Clyde's darker self, manifests itself throughout this chapter. It's almost as if there's a separate voice urging Clyde to kill Roberta while providing details and plans, and referring to the scheme as "the way of the Lake." Clyde's hand is forced when Roberta writes a letter telling Clyde she's going to denounce him, since he hasn't come to get her. However, he gives her a plan instead. They'll take separate train cars and board and disembark separately, ending up in Utica. She can't speak to him or acknowledge him, but they'll be together then and can make further plans. The "voice" in Clyde's head gives hints about how not to get caught.

Book 2, Chapter 45 Analysis

Clyde's planning about a trip with Roberta is colored by his knowledge of the accident he read about, as...

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