Sister Carrie's Pursuit of Happiness as an Actress

Sister Carrie’s Pursuit of Happiness as an Actress


    This paper makes an attempt to explore how Sister Carrie’s pursuit of happiness was associated with her career as an actress. The goal of it is to find out what a role did her occupation played in her mental state. It takes a close look at her rise from an innocent country girl to a professional performer. By analyzing her first stage experience in the play “Under the Gaslight”, this paper will reveal to the readers that it was her closest moment to happiness in her whole acting profession. By bringing up Carrie’s endless longing after she had acquired worldly success, this paper also tries to associate one’s spiritual condition with his education. Carrie was no doubt rich in feeling but dull in understanding, for she could not tell exactly what was on her mind and how to control it. As it turned out, Carrie’s discontent was largely due to her lack of education in her early life.

Key Words: happiness; career; actress; education; Sister Carrie

    According to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the end toward which all human acts are directed is happiness. And people have general agreement that he is right. The pursuit of happiness therefore was included in America’s Declaration of Independence as an indispensable right that every man is born with.
    With no exception, Carrie Meeber, the heroine of Theodore Dreiser’s novel Sister Carrie, began her pursuit of happiness ever since she left for Chicago. But due to her basic spiritual innocence, she never truly realized what was her closest moment to happiness, how she managed to achieve it through her career as an actress, and why, until the end of the book, she still felt not content.

2.Literature Review:
    There have been many studies about Theodore Dreiser’s masterpiece Sister Carrie and they are of varies topics. Some of them discussed Carrie’s decaying moral sense; some of them tried to take a look into the...