Sister Carrie Character Analysis

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The Living Situation Affects Carrie’s Moral Judgments In Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, Carrie Meeber, a young provincial girl without money, social status, and special ability, comes to glamorous Chicago alone. In such a poor condition, if she wants to chase her dream to live a high-level life in the urban, she must suit “the discipline of society” and it is like “the law of the jungle”. The city processes the cruel survival competition. Thus, she has to face two choices: “Either she falls into saving hands and becomes better, to rapidly assumes the cosmopolitan standard of virtue and becomes worse” (Dreiser 86). As an innocent type, Carrie could face difficulties maintaining her moral principle in a dog-eat-dog world. At the same time,…show more content…
He provides a number of beautiful fantasies about the city to her. At the same time, he offers financial aid to her. At first, Carrie declines his “goodwill” and has an uneasy conscience. However, Carrie is helpless and she has no choice but to bow to living situation. Ethics and morality cannot give her living place, food, money and others and they are “meaningless” and “worthless” under this circumstance. Instead, Drouet could give her money, bring her to an upscale restaurant, and send her fashionable clothes and shoes. It is too hard for an unsophisticated, needy, and a young girl to endure the joyful of materials comfort. She finds a shortcut towards the leisure life, especially when she loses her living. Now, her good-looking is her only advantage. She has no rights to choose the condition and the environment could decide her and change her. Her inner world is frustrated and her moral judgments are unstable. She resolutely decided to shack up with him. Her choice covers instinct and reason, desire and understanding and she just follows her…show more content…
Poor couples are sorrow and may not have a pleased love life. She vacillates between luxury and poverty. The living environment of Carrie destroys or changes her moral view toward action. L, Carrie does not wish to go back to her past life so she forsakes Hurstwood and to chase her great prospect. Her decision is as if she betrays Hurstwood’s love and dedication of fame and position. The lovers could swim together in peaceful ocean, but when a rainstorm falls, they could not sink together. Carrie wants to live better in the society that is her only aim. Her choice is like a natural choice, “the fittest
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