In August of 1889, Carrie Meeber leaves her small town to find employment in the city of Chicago. Theodore Dreiser, the author of Sister Carrie, informs the reader that, "Self-interest with her was high, but not strong. It was nevertheless her guiding characteristic.". With her youth and innocence she hopes to seek employment so that she can get and buy all the nice things that she wants. Carrie does not have any idea how hard this is going to be.
In August 1889, Caroline Meeber, otherwise known as Sister Carrie, moves to Chicago from Columbia City to go live with her sister in hopes to be able to fulfill her dream of becoming a star. On the train, she meets a young, good-looking traveling salesman named Charles Drouet who later becomes one of her suitors. She becomes attracted to him due to his fancy clothes and easy attitude, so they make plans to meet again. At the train station, she meets with her sister Minnie who gives off an aura of hard toil which goes against Carrie’s ideals of having fun and pampering herself. Carrie becomes forlorn about the changes in her life such as having to wake up early and working a tedious, menial life of punching holes in shoes. However, Carrie still
Sister Carrie, written by Theodore Dreiser, is a tale of Carrie, who comes to Chicago to somehow make the money she has always dreamed of having. In pursuit of the material possessions and success she dreams of, she involves herself with two different characters, Drouet and Hurstwood. She eventually finds herself in New York, where she has a successful performing career. Even with all the success and material possessions she has attained do not bring her happiness. Due to naturalism and pre-existing conditions between Carrie and Hurstwood, human interactions in exchange for materialism lead to the downfall of the two characters.
By chance, and her appearance, Carrie was taken in by Mr. Drouet. From there, she met Mr. Hurstwood, who won her affection with attention and romance. Eventually, he tricked her to go to New York City. This city allowed her to become an actress simply because someone noticed something they liked when she was a choir girl. The only reason she had been hired
two jobs to support her family and is therefore not there to spend much time
Donna’s father is angry when he finds out and automatically assumes it means she’s going to have sex with many men. This example is representative of the double standard held between men and women. It wouldn’t be an issue if one of the boys had multiple partners or used birth control, but as soon as one of the females does, it is frowned upon. When Jackie hears that Donna is on the pill, she exclaims “you’re going to be so popular,” which implies women can only be well-liked if they please men. Then, Eric’s parents give him “the talk” and while Kitty mentions that foreplay is important, Red disagrees. This implies a woman’s pleasure is not important, as long as men are taken care of. While Laurie is home, Eric finds out that she is failing classes, perpetuating the “dumb blonde”
daughters. She was trying to get to her husband who was stationed in another town in the
Taylor's want and need for a better life than the one she has in Kentucky inspires her to leave. With the money she earns from her job counting blood cells at the Pittman County Hospital, Taylor buys a '55 Volkswagen bug that is falling apart, "In this car I intended to drive out of Pittman County one day and never look back, except maybe for Mama" (10). Taylor's mother wanted the best for her and always expected the best from her;...
During the 1900's in Chicago , people had plenty to offer in trade. In the mid-nineteenth century Chicago was a wholesaling center. Chicago's lumber, grain and meat packing were some of the big commodities in it's commerce. Back then Chicago was the worlds largest preeminent market. Chicago's need for goods such as these was changing though, people needed goods but wanted better ways of getting then to their destination. Which then led to the exploration of ideas for a locomotive to help transport supplies. So after the advent of steam powered vessels travel time was shortened for locomotive which pulled cars laden with supplies. These ideas are what shaped Chicago's markets today.
she is able to meet her twin sisters that have been missing from her life for over 30 years.