The Idea of Consumerism in Dreiser's Sister Carrie

9 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2014

Date Written: August 17, 2014


This paper explores the issue of income based division in social classes. In the analysis of cultural norms it appears that certain qualities of a character are customary. Dreiser implies that economics by itself has no impact on human qualities. Rather, it is the herd instinct that drives the mentality of major class in which one individual must stand out in certain quality over others in order to get more wealth. In the end, however, this major distinction of having more wealth appears to be setting the character apart from the majority, and the feeling of isolation and loneliness come as a surprise.

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Kruglyak, Vladimir, The Idea of Consumerism in Dreiser's Sister Carrie (August 17, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

Vladimir Kruglyak (Contact Author)

University of London ( email )

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