It feels like this to me. Still, these promises felt false here. Not every hero gets to see those new beginnings and it irks me. I would have preferred Aileen to live and get the new beginnings, not this empty-headed girl. And Frank?
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It is the only work in which Dreiser is concerned with the Vedanta thoughts of Indian philosophical school. The novelist in his two earlier novels The Financier and The Titan raised a few questions about the materialistic satisfaction in the life of the protagonist, Cowperwood.
But in this concluding novel of the Trilogy Dreiser depicts the prevalent stereotypes of the East West dichotomy. Berenice Fleming went to India which is a land of contrasts. Spiritual wisdom goes side by side with poverty and misery.
The affluent society of America requires such wisdom. Berenice discovers this truth by going to India where she takes rest for four years. From the Western teachers one can learn of art and sciences , but from the Eastern masters one will discover the inner mystery of wisdom. Dreiser had a personal copy of the Bhagavad Gita. In this book he got lessons regarding social service and philanthropy on the one hand and on the other the consciousness about the Greater Soul.
Berenice after her return from India reflects on the role of the individual in social upliftment. She gained spiritual sustenance and returned to America to give physical sustenance to the poor. This is a great teaching for the selfish Cowperhood who is led to the path of renunciation. In The Stoic there is the discussion on the distinct difference between the physical body and the immortal soul. The teachings of the Guru explain contrast between the perishability of the physical and immutability and eternity of the Soul.
Edition Notes The 3d vol. The Physical Object.
Her family disowned her for converting to Roman Catholicism in order to marry John Dreiser. Theodore was the twelfth of thirteen children the ninth of the ten surviving. Paul Dresser — was one of his older brothers; Paul changed the spelling of his name as he became a popular songwriter. They were raised as Catholics. After graduating from high school in Warsaw, Indiana , Dreiser attended Indiana University in the years — before dropping out. Louis Globe-Democrat.
The stoic / Theodore Dreiser.
Trilogy of desire: Three novels (The Financier; The Titan; The Stoic)