Frederick J. Balling's Dreiser's Sister Carrie (Cliffs Notes) PDF
By Frederick J. Balling
A groundbreaking booklet while it was once first released, Sister Carrie is set a tender lady who runs to the large urban looking for event. She unearths it aplenty, and her transgressions are a number of. This used to be one of many books that started the gang of writers referred to as the Realists.
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Without his managerial position, family, or property, he is simply another fugitive from the law, a creature driven by instinct and fantasy, haunted by misgivings. ” He himself is a thief and a safecracker, Sister Carrie 60 or so the newspapers say. Reading his own description in the newspaper, Hurstwood realizes the nature of social injustice which sees only one side of a tragedy. The newspapers report only that he stole the money. How and why were only matters of indifferent speculation. All the complications which preceded the theft are unknown.
Sentimental notions, however, and so the subversion of sisterly relations does not bother her. She would sooner realize her imaginary wealth and pleasure than find lasting human relationships. By showing Carrie again and again moving through the same dull routine, day after day, Dreiser presents rather than describes the tedious nature of Carrie’s life. It is obvious to the reader that Carrie’s imagination will not allow her to continue on this treadmill very much longer. By dramatizing little incidents, such as her reaction to the passes made at her by the young men at work, Dreiser accomplishes far more than ordinary description could do.
The imagery of the sea continues in the scene between Carrie and Hurstwood. ” For Carrie the “floodgates” are open, and she finds herself “still illogically drifting and finding nothing at which to catch,” “drifting... ” Hurstwood beats on against the current of Carrie’s indecision. The imagery reveals Drouet’s intention to show the nature of man’s existence in a world of flux and irresistible change. Man is dominated and controlled by the forces of nature. At those times when he most needs it, his reason abandons him.
Dreiser's Sister Carrie (Cliffs Notes) by Frederick J. Balling