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Nathanael Wests The Day of the Locust is filled with examples of people who have come to California in search of their dreams They leave their often miserable lives to head out west where they believe their lives will get better They dream of a life where they can become their own boss have lots of money and live happily ever after They begin to realize soon however that the sunshine and sea cannot fulfill their dreams The characters in the novel become discontented with their lives and angry at the world This leads to the eventual downfall of Hollywoods society and certain characters in the story Tod Hackett Faye Greener and Homer Simpson all exemplify the failed attempts to achieve the Californian dream in The Day of the Locust Tod Hackett a central character in The Day of the Locust lives his life with the constant threat of failure while attempting to achieve his personal dreams amongst the kooks of Hollywood Hackett comes to California hoping for a career designing movie scenes but has many obstacles to overcome before achieving this career oriented goal He aspires to climb the ladder of fame but find himself continuously associating with the lower levels of the movie scene It is with these people that Tods life begins to get fuzzy They show him an often darker side of Hollywood and their actions play with his emotions and beliefs Another of Tods distractions while he attempts to live out his Californian dream lifestyle is his attraction to the beautiful Faye Greener His advances go unseen by her as his dreams of a life with her slowly die He tries to focus his life on different aspects but his mind and his heart eventually lead back to Faye In one particular scene Tod is getting ready to go out but his eyes kept straying to the photographa picture of Faye Greener West 67 As in this scene Tods whole
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