Without enough money to buy warm clothes, when the cold weather comes she turns ill and loses her job. Antoine cares about his sister deeply and that is why they have such a good relationship, also because they are the only ones that will talk to each other about what they remember about who their mother, no one else in their family will. Social Darwinism in American Thought. A Part I Sister Carrie opens in 1889 with eighteen-year-old Caroline Meeber on her way from her small hometown to the big city of Chicago. The train arrives in Chicago and Drouet starts to point out the different parts of the city. New York: Modern Library, no date.
Change in the social position of either gender often creates a predicament for the other. She ignores the fact that he is already married and the two of them will be committing adultery. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, Philip Armour, Jay Cooke, and Charles Tyson Yerkes the latter being Dreiser's model for Frank Cowperwood in The Trilogy of Desire represent both the promise and the corruption of American business. She wanders around aimlessly, hoping someone will help her and give her a job. Sweeping economic change marked the period from the Civil War to the close of the nineteenth century.
The Literary Mind: Its Place in an Age of Science. Dreiser is writing a novel about unrestricted economic life, the hotbed of industrial growth. Contrary to the model of stay-at-home wife and mother associated with the Victorian era through much of the twentieth century, in the early economy, the labor of women was central. At the point where she not only does not have a job, but cannot afford the street cars, Carrie reaches the bottom of the society. Carrie's sensitivity to details provides the emotional center of the novel. For this character analysis essay, consider the ways her wisdom on more practical matters has grown especially in terms of her understanding of men while her fundamental nature has not.
When he looks for jobs, Hurstwood finds nothing comparable to his position in Chicago. A Literary Analysis of the metaphors found in Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser At the point when Hurstwood starts to decrease in soul in New York, specifically after he loses his position and stake in the cantina, he swings to perusing and this turns into his exclusive intrigue. The clothes people wear, the homes in which they live, and the activities in which they are involved distinguish the rich from the poor. An Economic History of Women in America. What Social Classes Owe to Each Other. Here, freewill and desire are not matters of nature or feeling, but are rather symptoms of the environment.
Neither Carrie nor Hurstwood ever denies the values of the society that makes money its god. A striking example concerns the time it took to move freight from Philadelphia to Chicago: nine weeks in 1849, three days in 1859 Chandler 122. As a result, she lies to Minnie and tells her that she may have a job at the Boston Store, but that she needs to check back the next morning. Behind him survive robbed employers, a dysfunctional family, and a self-satisfied woman. As a result, it sold less than seven hundred copies and Dreiser received a reputation as a naturalist-barbarian. He tricks Carrie into leaving Chicago with him, and the two eventually settle in New York. History of the Great American Fortunes.
Although Social Darwinism has a long history of underwriting conservative political agendas in the U. She starts to become interested in him when she sees that he is wearing a business suit and happens to be much better dressed than she is. The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century. Carrie, to the contrary, may be unfulfilled or lonely at the novel's end, but she is very much alive and eminently successful in the eyes of the world. However, the publication battles over Sister Carrie caused Dreiser to become depressed, so much so that his brother sent him to a sanitarium for a short while. Carrie becomes sick and loses her job. While all choices result in consequences, those consequences can be positive or negative.
Carrie instead discards this lifestyle as being too boring, it essentially misses out on the rapid growth that Chicago is undertaking by being far too slow. She also makes a point that this is a book about women and their manipulation to obtain power or control. This even emerges in Dreiser's description of Carrie's intellect, where he states that she has a rudimentary mind, but that her self-interest is her guiding characteristic. She meets her sister Minnie at the station, looks back at Drouet one time, and then starts to feel alone in spite of the fact that her sister is now with her. The latter, who wrote ponderous books under titles such as First Principles 1862 , was immensely popular in the America of Dreiser's day, as were other Social Darwinists like Yale professor William Graham Sumner.
Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1933. Dreiser's use of symbolic detail permeates the novel, ranging from careful descriptions of dress and adornment to descriptions of great American cities and their surroundings. Columbine was and incident in Colorado that happened in 1999, where two high school seniors orchestrated a bloody massacre at their high school. She not only observes that he can afford to ride in trains, but when he mentions that she will have to return home if she declines his offer, she only notices a wealthy stagecoach passing by on the street. The central theme of Sister Carrie is the effect of the misguided and misdirected American dream of success.
Carrie and Hurstwood settle in New York. Endless modification, not unchanging truth, characterized the new philosophical order, and the position of mankind in the new order was up for debate. Carrie, oblivious to their disapproval, asks her sister Minnie to go to the theater with her that night. Sister Carrie, Dreiser's first novel, was presented to a reading public not yet ready for its stark realism and pessimistic view of life. It is sadly pathetic to read their words, and the language they use is completely devoid of emotion.
Even with all the success and material possessions she has attained do not bring her happiness. Bedford Series in History and Culture. Given his position in the establishment, Hurstwood knows all the right people and can greet most of them in an informal manner. Drouet finally succeeds in convincing Carrie to let him support her in her own apartment. A Man's Place: Masculinity in Transition. Both parents wanted to make every effort to give their daughters a loving home to grow up in.