Discrimination In The Blue Hotel By Stephen Crane

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Entrepreneur and theoretical neuroscientist Vivienne Ming has said that “Discrimination is not done by Villians. It’s done by us.” This kind of thought process and anti-discrimination viewpoints is common among today's youth and most adults. However, in the not so distant past, discrimination was very prominent in American society. For example, Stephen Crane’s widely read short story, “The Blue Hotel”, exhibits many situations where discrimination drives the plot forward.

Within the first few paragraphs of “The Blue Hotel,” the reader is promptly introduced to a situation in which discrimination occurs, due to the description of the Palace Hotel. The author, Stephen Crane, describes the color scheme of the hotel, which points out how different the hotel is to the rest of the town, and proceeds to write that “The Palace Hotel, then, looked always loud and screaming in a way that made the bright winter scenes of Nebraska seem only a dull gray.” (Crane, 26) Stephen’s use of adjectives and style causes the Palace Hotel to seem foreign and almost as if the establishment doesn’t belong in the setting. The author then emphasizes this point by saying that “It was believed that no traveler could pass the Palace Hotel without looking at it.”(Crane 26) This manner of discrimination causes the reader to look at the town and the hotel as two different entities almost, resulting in readers viewing the town as a more inferior place when compared to the hotel. After Mr. Crane finishes
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