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Thomas Jefferson described the American Dream as life liberty and the pursuit of happiness Every person has a dream and in the three short stories The Catbird Seat by James Thurber Winter Dream by F Scott Fitzgerald and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the theme is one common American Dream happiness The search for happiness is found in The Catbird Seat when the main character Erwin Martin plays an elaborate stunt to save his job and dispose of a bothersome co-worker In Winter Dreams the attempt to find happiness is found in Dexter Greens effort to woe Judy Jones a young coquettish woman of the upper class who is out of his league Emily Grierson the main character of A Rose for Emily was a lady of high status as well but she had an overprotective father whom felt she was too good for any of the men in their town When her father dies she mets a man and fails in her attempt to find happiness with him In all three of these stories the main characters will struggle to fulfill their American Dreams The main character of James Thurbers The Catbird Seat Mr Erwin Martin is best described in his bosss Mr Fitwielers words Man is fallible Martin isnt Pg602 Mr Martin is a perfectionist who has a set schedule he follows everyday and he enjoys his life that way Then a fellow co-worker named Mrs Ulgine Barrows disrupts his happiness Mrs Barrows is hired two years before and was constantly hassling Mr Martin with annoying sayings such as Are you tearing up the pea patchPg 602 and Are you sitting in the Catbird seat Pg 602 For almost two years she baited him In the halls in the elevator even in his own office Pg 602 It had driven Mr Martin near to distraction from his perfected ways When Mr Martin discovers she is planning to reorganize his department
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