Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow is set in New York City. This novel is a historical fiction that was released for sale in 1975. The novel is a story of different groups of people that existed in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. This paper will discuss Doctorow’s position on Am in the novel.
Doctorow’s position is that ‘Am’ helps in telling the story from the beginning to conclusion. In this case, every sequence of the novel is handled by an effective story teller who delivers the story in a manner that can be easily understood. ‘Am’ helps Doctorow to seek both political and aesthetical fiction. This helps in simplifying the novel. This can be seen from the integration of historical facts and fiction that help in transiting the story from one point to another. For example, Ragtime highlights the selfishness in politics. He does this by highlighting the inequalities that exist in the political system and questions how people are influenced. Instead of focusing on ideological views presented by politicians, Americans focus on their personal lives.
The position on ‘Am’ has an effect on Doctorow’s personal writing. Through this position, he is able to weave together the different characters and groups of people in the novel. This is a positive approach that makes the novel more readable. This is because the integration helps in tying the groups to one another. However, it is important to note that the position on ‘Am’ is superseded by the historical-fictional atmosphere in the novel. The novel focuses on integrating historical and fictional figures to help in driving the main theme.