Sister Carrie

Lexi Corey
Emily Higdon
English II Honors
15 December 2014
Materialistic Things are not what Define You
Throughout this novel there seems to be many different things about Carrie, or things that one would say really stick out about her.   They weren’t always the best kinds of traits to have, such as her unrealistic expectations and wants for materialistic things.   Throughout the Sister Carrie we see how Theodore Dreiser describes her as a girl that doesn’t have much and seems to be content with that, to then becoming this woman who could never stop for the want and hunger of materialistic things.   At the beginning when Carrie is boarding her train to go to Chicago, her total outfit was a little trunk, a cheap alligator-skin satchel, a small lunch, a yellow snap purse, and four dollars.   Carrie’s viewpoint on all of that takes a dramatic shift once she sees some of the people’s lavish lifestyles that she soon ends up wanting for herself.   All this does to Carrie is ruin her and how she once was.   Once someone is obsessed with the materialistic things in life, there is no more making them truly happy because all they are going to do is keep wanting more and more and Carrie is a perfect representation on this.   Carrie shows why people should not get carried away and go crazy just to have finer things in their lives because they will not ever become truly satisfied with their life some examples are, when she leaves her sister’s house to go live with Drouet, when she has her affair with Hurstwood, how she does not even love Drouet, and when she late leaves Hurstwood because of the money issue.
Carrie leaves her sister’s house and no longer continues to live there with her sister and her husband after she runs into Drouet one day on the street.   She does not want to live with her sister because it is too small of a space for Carrie, and that is not enough for her.   She gets too embarrassed of it, for example “I cannot have you call on me here.   You will have to...