Sister Carrie

analytical Essay
786 words
786 words

Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie is a simple tale of a young, pretty eighteen year old girl Caroline Meeber also know as Carrie.
When Carrie got on the train from Columbia City to Chicago she had only few cheap items in her trunk and her sister’s address on a piece of paper. Being only eighteen she was still "full of the illusions of ignorance and youth"(Dreiser, 7). She was both afraid of the things to come and exited by the countless possibilities offered by one of the largest cities of the late 19th century – Chicago.
As soon as Carrie arrives in Chicago various obstacles face her. She has no experience at working outside home, which makes finding any work very difficult. She does not like the simple, and in her view, boring way of life her sister and brother in law live.
Being this young and curious woman she yearns for more than what is around her. She has no education, no wealth to fall on and as we read the novel we also discover she has no morals. Even though at some point Dreiser claims that Carrie is "the victim of the city’s hypnotic influence"(Dreiser, 79) it becomes clear that in fact she is not a helpless victim by any means – she just simply goes along with anything and anyone who comes along. Tired and disappointed with her early days at a low paying hard work
Carrie chooses to leave her sister – the only real family she has in the city – and goes off with a Drouet, a man she just recently met on the train. Carrie knew nothing ...

In this essay, the author

  • Narrates theodore dreiser's sister carrie, about a young, pretty eighteen year old girl caroline meeber.
  • Narrates how carrie arrives in chicago with no experience at working outside home, which makes finding work difficult, and dislikes the simple, boring way of life her sister and brother in law live.
  • Analyzes how dreiser claims that carrie is 'the victim of the city's hypnotic influence', but it becomes clear that she is not a helpless victim by any means.
  • Explains that carrie knew nothing about drouet except that he seemed to like her and appeared to have more money than she could ever get her hands on. as soon as an opportunity to leave her boring life arrived, she took it and never looked back.
  • Narrates how carrie met hurstwood, a manager at fitzgerald and moy's, through drouet. she flirted and spent time with him, but he was twice her age.
  • Analyzes how hurstwood left his wife, children, and a job to carry on his affair with carrie.
  • Analyzes how carrie, a famous and popular new york actress, didn't possess what she desired. people admired her, she was paid well, but there was always something missing.
  • Analyzes how carrie expressed no feelings of shame, regret, guilt or remorse for hurting drouet and leading hurstwood to his lonely death in a strange city among strangers.
  • Opines that carrie could never achieve a position of victorian woman with all the trimmings implied: wealth, education, family background, and values.
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