Bachelor of Arts in English
James Tackach, Ph.D.
Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road (1961) focuses on the failing relationship of Frank and April Wheeler. The causes for the failure of their marriage are many and subtle. This analysis identifies one surprising negative influence: the suburban environment and its empty culture. Yates’ novel reveals that the destruction of their relationship is closely connected to the lure of the suburbs and the American Dream. It is this attraction that causes those who attempt to achieve the dream to fall victim to a never-ending chase that leads only to disappointment.
Chester, Brian, "Destructive Ideologies : Revolutionary Road and the Suburban Nightmare" (2011). English Theses. 51.