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Sister Carrie Essay

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The Effects of Society on Carrie Meeber In Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie, Carrie Meeber is depicted as a poor helpless young woman living in a predominately male society. Dreiser reveals Carrie as a "bright, timid girl full of the illusions of ignorance and youth" (Dreiser 1). She wants pleasure and social position and yet she is confused as to what these things might be. Carrie believes the city will bring promise of a better life financially. She is young and inexperienced in the world of men, and therefore is not wise enough to understand the actions of the man, known as Drouet, that she meets on the train. In relationship to society, the character of Carrie is similar to a chess pawn. Carrie seems to drift through various social positions at the expense of others. Society itself places different propelling situations at Carrie's feet. Her gender, environment, and the people who surround her determine Carrie's fate.Carrie leaves her small town home in hopes of creating a better life for herself. However, Dreiser states that Carrie is a "half-equipped little knight" (2) venturing out into the world. She has small town virtues and has no idea of the effect that the city will have on her life. She is oblivious to the fact that city life is harsh and everyone there is searching for the same thing"¦fame and fortune. Dreiser says it best when he states that when a young girl leaves home, someone will either save her and she will become "better", or she will fall into the "cosmopolitan virtues" and become worse (1). One can conclude early in the novel that Carrie will be forced down the path of vices, or "cosmopolitan virtues" by her longing and desire for "the good life".Carrie's first object of deception is introduced before she even arrives in the city. This object is a well dressed, wealthy man named Drouet, who will become the first step in Carrie's ladder to success. Carrie determines by Drouet's clothing that he possesses the wonderful life that she longs for. Drouet provides Carrie with clothing and other material items that allow her to obtain a higher social status. From her relationship with Drouet, Carrie manages to gain the experience and social skills to pursue higher aspirations. When Drouet seems to have nothing left to offer Carrie, she discovers Hurstwood has many favorable characteristics that Drouet lacks. He has a more acute sense of culture and worldliness, along with the wealth needed to explore the new wonders of the city. Carrie then leaves Drouet after...

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