Sister Carrie

Sister Carrie

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

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