Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser be termed “the father of American Naturalism” by the contemporary novelists. 1.writing feature:
He seldom made personal judgement on his characters. He tried to treat them
He just described but never criticized.
He stressed determinism决定论.
His characters are pathetic可悲的 in their inability to escape their fates. They are not
responsible for rising or falling in a world fully shaped by environment and heredity
Sister Carrie is about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream by first becoming a mistress to men that she perceives as superior and later as a famous actress.
Time : 1889 autumn and the following several years
Carrie: Chicago---- New York
Charlie Drouet: her mistress
George Hurstwood: her mistress
Minnie (sister) and Hanson