Deborah Garfield, in her article ''Taking a Part: Actor and Audience in Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie," analyzes the novel in terms of the theatrical aspects of the story. This approach is appropriate and, to a degree, fruitful, given Carrie's chosen profession as well as various elements of staging found within the novel. It is, however, what is left unstated in such an analysis, what is implied, which gives this approach its force. The unstated element in this approach is the notion that we are all, whether characters in a story or "real" people, merely playing roles, merely reflecting back to our audience the images of ourself which we receive from them. This is the lesson one learns from Carrie Meeber in Dreiser's novel.
© 1991 by the Board of Student Publications, University of Northern Iowa
Prahl, Michael T.
"Carrie Meeber and the Reflected Self,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6
, Article 16.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol6/iss3/16