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In Mary French Dos Passos draws a definitive line between his feelings on capitalism and socialism as well as the rich and the poor The parallel lives of Eveline Johnson and Mary French reveal Dos Passoss distinct attitudes in regards to the upper and lower classes of society As a member of high society Eveline Johnson exemplifies Dos Passoss attitudes of the rich These attitudes begin to take shape as Mary French enters the party Eveline Johnson was ushering them through some sliding doors into a high-ceilinged room dusky from shaded lights and cigarettesmoke where they were swallowed up in a jam of welldressed people talking and making faces and tossing their heads over cocktail glasses 1527 This description tends to lean toward the superficial and a distaste of an extravagant lifestyle Dos Passos discretely depicts various other guests as Kings Captains and Screenstars Mary French becomes increasingly aware of just how phony and self-centered these guests really are as she watches the party unfold Mary was looking at it all through a humming haze like seeing a play from way up in a smoky balcony 1529 Simultaneously Eveline acknowledges that her life a reflection of self-centered capitalism is in fact a waste Eveline admits You know it does seem too silly to spend your life filling up rooms with illassorted people who really hate each other 1530 This moment is of significance throughout the story Eveline and Mary have had almost identical experiences Both women have lost the loves of their lives but it is Mary the determined socialist who puts the needs of others before her own Mary is able to continue on with what is important to her rather than escaping the harsh realities of life by means of suicide Dos Passos has constructed a shallow illusion of what the rich are likeThe socialist attitudes of Dos Passos solidify as the events in the story unravel Socialist attitudes are present when Mary
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