Politics in The Big Money

Summary and analysis of John Dos Passos’s book, The Big Money.

This paper analyzes the book, The Big Money, and examines one of its main themes, politics, and how the characters in the book help develop this theme.
Politics is one of the major themes of The Big Money because politics, and people’s reactions to political leaders, were such a big part of the early 20th century. This was a time when workers were fighting for their rights all around the world, and sometimes, they paid the ultimate price for their beliefs, they died for their cause. It was also a time of war, and recovery from war. Many returning war heroes could not find jobs, while the rich and powerful just got richer and more powerful. It was a time of great contrasts in America, as this novel clearly shows.