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An American Tragedy Chapter Summary & Analysis - Book 3, Chapter 23 Summary

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Book 3, Chapter 23 Summary

Clyde's legal team begins his defense by appealing to the universal needs and desires of all people. They claim that the sin of sex before marriage is not new, will be repeated again, and people in the courtroom may even understand "the fevers and aches of youth..." They present the Kansas City accident so that Mason can't do it later. They declare that Clyde never promised that he would marry Roberta. They refer to Clyde not as a murderer, but as a mental and moral coward. Jephson takes over the questioning, because he feels he can pull Clyde through.

Book 3, Chapter 23 Analysis

The case for Clyde is built on acknowledging the truths. One truth is that Clyde is and always has been a mental and moral coward. However, the truth stops there, as the team prepares to present a story that fits the...

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