The Octopus Novel

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The Octopus
by Frank Norris

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Discussion questions In the mystical visions of Vanamee there is the suggestion of eternal reconciliation, a final moral rectitude in the universe. Is this vision justifiable given the fact that evil so obviously triumphs over good throughout the novel? Although the outline of this novel is drawn from real events, are the actions of the characters and the outcome of their individual transformations entirely believable? Additional readings Frank Norris. McTeague: A Story of San Francisco, 1899. Frank Norris. The Pit, 1903. Josiah Royce. The Feud of Oakfield Creek: A Novel of California Life, 1971.

StoryLines California Discussion Guide No. 5 by Lowell Jaeger Flathead Valley Community College Kalispell, Montana Consulting Scholars: David Littlejohn University of California, Berkeley Marta E. Sanchez University of California, San Diego Kevin Starr California State Library, Sacramento

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The Octopus
by Frank Norris
Frank Norris’s epic novel of California’s wheat ranching era (1870-1900) is an examination of an important issue in American life: the rights and freedoms of the individual versus the collective strengths of the impersonal corporation. This issue was a prominent concern in other turn-of-the century novels such as Upton...
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