“The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” by Sloan Wilson is one of the best novels written about the post-WW II lifestyle and how families were coping with the traumas induced on the men who saw combat overseas.It was an international bestseller,translated into twenty-six languages and its title has become a permanent part of our cultural vocabulary. The story of novel revolves round the Tom and Betsy Rath, a young couple living in a rundown house in Westport, Connecticut. The immediate impression that whole plot of story gives are its ties with traditional values and instances. The first things that brings the Tom and Betsy Rath’s family close to a traditional middle class family is their continuous struggle to find contentment in their hectic and material culture. They have every thing: three healthy children, a nice home, a steady income, to be happy and enjoy the life, but for some reason they are not. They live in a traditional style rundown house. and as Manhattan charitable organization pays Tom an average salary so they have to face financial tribulations too. Their three children are very much like a middle class traditional family children are very much TV-addicted kids. Tom finds himself caught up in the corporate rat race what he encounters there propels him on a voyage of self- discovery that will turn his world inside out. All their problems seem small, and most of their problems stem from themselves; Tom’s apathy, Betsy's panic, their unwillingness and following inability to live
within their modest but sustainable means.