American Pastoral Study Guide

American Pastoral

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

American Psycho is the story of Patrick Bateman, a young investment banker who works on Wall Street in the 1980s. The narrative follows Bateman as he lives an empty, yuppie lifestyle by day and goes on sadistic murder sprees by night, gradually descending into an unstable world where the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred. This controversial novel is a critique of capitalism, the shallowness of materialism, and the numbness created by the 1980s consumer culture.