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Discuss and analyze how this story does or does not reflect American values and American preoccupations. Focus specifically on the marriage, the convertible, and the economic situation of Leo and Toni.

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Discuss and analyze how this story does or does not reflect American values and American preoccupations. Focus specifically on the marriage, the convertible, and the economic situation of Leo and Toni. Toni is a great saleswoman; because to be a great salesperson you are not just selling a product- you are selling yourself. This is something we see often is America. Americans know how to sell, and spend. The average American spends more per year than they make. This means many people are dependant on credit cards, and live paycheck to paycheck. Then eventually those credit cards run out, and your still using all of you check. ...read more.

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Leo making Toni run out and sell the car for a few hundred bucks. That is why if you are doing well with money for a while, save some because everybody has a time when money is tight. Leo and Toni lived the life for a while I'm sure, but now they regret it. Leo's pride has been sold with that convertible; he feels a sense of failure, as if he does not hold up to his status of a man (who in those days were the main bread winner). I also feel that Leo was wrong for sending Toni out to sell the car if he was going to get mad. ...read more.

Conclusion

They are so blinded by having money and not having money that they don't really care about one another. He's willing to send her out to sell cars to men she doesn't know over dinner. And she is willing cheat? Flirt? Or whatever else she did, to sell the car. That doesn't sound right to me. I believe in true lasting love for the sole meaning of love, nothing more and nothing less. It is a shame that things like this story have become normal in our country, and this is not even the worst of it. With time people live more loosely than ever before. Losing respect for themselves and their lovers. That is why fifty percent of married couples get divorced. I guess they are all doing something wrong, and I think we know what. ...read more.

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