The last scenes intersperse between Perry eating at a house of a rich railroad official, and the mother of the family who has been separated from the oldest daughter literally starving to death while carrying her small daughter.
Part of the inner circle of the League. On the way back to the valley from San Francisco, where Annixter has found Hilma and persuaded her to marry him, their train is robbed by an armed bandit, who is identified almost immediately as Dyke. Upon release, they were saluted by a brass band and treated as returning heroes back home in Hanford.
Frustrated with all the suffering and distraught over the ruin and imprisonment of Dyke, Presley briefly decides to take matters into his own hands.
Norris decided upon the project in Marchand by early April had left for California to research the project. The answer very probably is that Norris was not so much interested in specific problems as in finding illustrations for his general theories of the proper conduct of life.
Presley visits with wealthy friends, who discuss the possibility of shipping California wheat oversees to China, giving Magnus Derrick grand plans for the future of his empire. You and your evil book.
There are scattered pages of McTeague in various libraries and private hands. The automobile has been invented, but few people can afford them. In all of Behrman's dealings he is superficially affable but also entirely untrustworthy and self-serving.
His sufferings increase when the people whom he bribed, one of them being his own son Lyman, tell Genslinger the newspaper editor about the bribes. Chapter seven alternates scenes of a splendid, opulent dinner in the home of a railroad vice president with scenes of Hooven's widow starving on the city street.
And how far he is from a consistent interpretation of character! But Magnus's fall isn't the only thing that's considered more tragic than the massacre in the wheat fields. When the Southern Pacific valued the Mussel Slough parcels at forty dollars—well above the quoted rates—the farmers, some of whom were former Confederate soldiers, balked.
You are not currently authenticated. In October, they moved to a cottage in New Jersey. From mineral richness to agricultural bounty, California remained, time and again, a land that promised greatness. The valley's fecundity gave rise to the railroad and made possible the abuses perpetrated by it.
The camp superintendent was a fraternity brother who later was one of the models for Annixter, the intellectual turned farmer in The Octopus who is cut down in the prime of life by crooked railroad agents.
Meyer, George Wilbur Norris has the sort of overly dramatic prose where even if you don't like where he's going, or don't really care about what's happening it's fun to watch him turn a meal, or plowing, or a trip, into an epic event.
But no amount of writerly tyro-hood can take away the astonishing storytelling eye the man had. It's entirely possible that we'd have grown our own, more meellifluous, Conrad right here in Murrika had medical science been only a little more advanced in The novel compares Vanamee to biblical prophets, as he has a strong spiritual aspect.
Then in "the Pit" in Chicago it was bought and resold to "the People" of the world. There had been an older wealth in the San Joaquin, in ranching, under Spanish rule, that was remembered only by the oldest of the old. Along with his father he is part of the inner circle of the ranchers' League.
His main source of inspiration, however, was the Mussel Slough Affair ofan event that happened in the San Joaquin Valley almost exactly as described in the novel's fictionalized account.
Aid agencies to help people stranded without money are common in most big cities. Up to that point, throughout the entire first book of the novel, the struggle is presented as one between the farmers' natural rights against the railroaders' heartless greed.
It is Harran who persuades Magnus to head the League. As the railroad representative, Behrman is responsible for the ruin of Dyke, first because of his layoff and later because he changes the rates Dyke would have to pay to get his grain to market.
Having made the decision to do so, she embraces her new, wicked ways: Barry noted that the book seemed "worthy to rank among the few great novels produced in this country.
Hilma and her parents leave the ranch and move to San Francisco, where Annixter finds her and convinces her that, after her rejection, he became convinced that he loves her and wants her to be his wife. Granville Hicks noted in that The Octopus "can scarcely be called a great book; it is too confused, and in the end too false.
At the meeting announcing this, he denies it. Behrman, the railroad agent who is most responsible for his ruin, but his gun misfires.Like the tentacles of an octopus, the tracks of the railroad reached out across California, as if to grasp everything of value in the state Based on an actual, bloody dispute between wheat farmers and the Southern Pacific Railroad inThe Octopus is a stunning novel of the waning days of /5.
The first novel which Norris would call The Octopus dealt with the struggle between the wheat farmers in the San Joaquin Valley, in Central California, and the Southern Pacific Railroad, the mechanized monster, which crushed the farmers and ruined them in its grab for profits.
But, to put it in context, it is written about the conflict between farmers, mostly large farmers, in California and their struggles against the railroad which was charging high rates - being a monopoly, and having political influence allowing them to withstand court cases against them/5(15).
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bringing about government support for economic reform easing hostilities between Western farmers and Eastern industrialists. Frank Norris' novel The Octopus () and Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle() both played a significant role in.
Rather, Norris pitted prosperous farmers against the even richer railroad to give the story what Jack London later called “Titanic results.” Frank returned to New York in Octoberfilled with ideas for his story.
It was an extremely happy time for him. 1 Excerpted and edited from Frank Norris, The Octopus, published in This novel was a fictional depiction of the relationship between western farmers and the railroad.Download