05-15-08 Discussion of Peiss's and Dreiser's book

05-15-08 Discussion of Peiss's and Dreiser's book - Essay...

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Essay postponed to be due next Thursday! In Dreiser’s book, clothing is sort of a theme of itself, it appears many times. - Other people’s clothing keeps sparking Carrie’s desire of higher social status - Her desire of clothing is the motivator to abandon her first lover, to spend her salary - She attributes human values to the sorts of clothes people wear - clothing is also identified with Hurstwood’s downward mobility – when he gets poor he no longer has the ability to wear nice clothes - Ch. 11 “Persuasion of Fashion” -She falls into the relationship with Drouet the instant she decides to accept the jacket Drouet buys her - Carrie is a mirror image of the girls in Peiss’ book. She is trading sex in with what material things she can get from Drouet -Minnie and Hanson: responsible, have strong family and work values but very bleak; had the life over drudgery. But Carrie’s the one that succeeds by trading sex for clothing in this consumerism world. Another quality Carrie has is that she is very pretty and very tasteful in fashion. She can tell what’s classy
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