The Girl in Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie" Book Review

The Girl in Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie"
Looks at how the protagonist Carrie in Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie" does not think for herself.
# 145916 | 1,005 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2010 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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Description:

This paper explains that, in Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie", Carrie Meeber lives to make other people happy. Next, the author describes the ways that Dreiser portrays Carrie as a push-over for the desires of her sister and brother-in-law and of her male friends Drouet and Hurstwood. Even when Carrie becomes famous in the theater industry, the paper stresses, she follows the opinions of her acquaintance Ames about her career instead of her own ideas.

From the Paper:

"As soon as Carrie becomes famous in the theater industry, she starts receiving a lot more money than she has ever had before. Her friend Lola asks her to move in, and though hesitant at first, Carrie decides to because she wants to make Lola happy and she is so used to doing what people tell her to do. They even move into the fancy hotel together just because a man wants her to, and with no mind of her own, she just does as he says. Even when it came to her own career, Carrie felt the need to listen to her acquaintance Ames's opinions over her own."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie. Norton Critical Edition. 3rd edition. Ed. Donald Pizer. NewYork: W.W. Norton, 2006.
  • McNamara, Kevin. "The Ames of the Good Society: Sister Carrie and Social Engineering."Sister Carrie. Norton Critical Edition. 3rd edition. Ed. Donald Pizer. New York: W.W.Norton, 2006.

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