Sister Carrie Essays
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The big city has always meant strong possibilities. The development of industry, art, and culture also influenced the development of cities. Great number of entertainments and possibilities always attract people from small towns or villages. Very often, being rather naive, they think that the city will greet them and suggest a great number of possibilities. However, the world of a big city turns out to be very cruel, with a severe rivalry, where no one is happy that some new...
Theodore Dreiser’s image of the pathetic Hurstwood sitting idly in his rocking chair ranks as one of the most memorable in all of American literature. The image, like others before and since, is one of the seeker. This seeker’s gaze, however, is fixed not on a whale or a green light at the end of a dock but on a newspaper. In his obsession with newspapers, Hurstwood resembled his real-life contemporaries, the Americans of the nineteenth century, who were fascinated...
Sister Carrie, published in 1900, stands at the gateway of the new century. Theodor Dreiser based his first novel on the life of his sister Emma. In 1883 she ran away to Toronto, Canada with a married man who had stolen money from his employer. The story as told by Dreiser, about Carie Meber who becomes the mistress of a traveling salesman, is unapologetically told and created a scandal with its moral transgressions. The book was initially rejected by many...