The Blue Hotel Questions and Answers

The Blue Hotel

The story is largely about the contrast between the real West of the times and the picture that many people had of the so-called Wild West as a result of reading lurid stories in newspapers,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 8:06 am UTC

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To answer this, you might begin by studying the story Crane wrote as a kind of analogy for the so-called Old West itself: the happenstance meeting of several unlikely people all together for...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 8:44 pm UTC

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Situational irony occurs when an action happens that is the opposite of what one might expect. In this story—a story that gives us much to ponder—two ironies stand out. First, the Swede believes...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2019 8:18 pm UTC

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I think the “nature” in the story is human nature, the kind of collective psychology that marks out the Swede as “different” and ostracizes him. The Swede, an easterner, has clearly heard a lot of...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018 1:21 pm UTC

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Any answer to this question needs to focus on the bleak and dangerous setting and the way in which it highlights man's fragile place in the world. One of the central themes of this story is that of...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 3:14 am UTC

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Stephen Crane believed in making his message explicit. According to his friend Herbert P. Williams, "He does not think to trust the imagination of any one who reads." Trust their imagination? Why,...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 12:00 pm UTC

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The hotel, known as the Palace Hotel, is painted the blue which matches the leg of a certain heron (probably the Little Blue Heron), and it stands alone on the prairie. This hotel is the first...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 10:48 pm UTC

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No, not every sin is the result of collaboration, but many sins are the result of people doing things they normally would not do because someone else's presences or ideas spurs them on. However...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2011 5:11 am UTC

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The Palace Hotel is described in the first paragraph as being the same shade of blue as "the legs of a certain bird that makes it bright in any surroundings." This makes the hotel itself seem...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 8:04 am UTC

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Even though the story ends with a conversation between the cow boy and the easterner, Pat, Scully, and Johnnie are accused of being responsible for the Swede’s death. The easterner blames himself,...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015 7:34 pm UTC

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It occurred to me that an alternative to considering whether Stephen Crane's "The Blue Hotel" measures up to Tolstoy's standards of good art, you might write your essay on the subject of how bad...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 11:09 pm UTC

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The story is about a Swede (who is never given a name) who comes to a Western town from New York to find a new life. The Swede acts strangely...he is nervous and has a quick temper. He insults...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2008 1:11 pm UTC

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