At the turn of the century, American readers were interested only in stories with happy endings, where goodness was praised and evil was punished. They did not particularly care if that was a false interpretation of the way life really was. When men such as Frank Norris, the author of The Octopus, wrote angrily of the injustices and poverty to be found in America, readers turned away. The Octopus made them change their minds. The course of the novel and the reality of its characters held the readers' attention. It is so powerful a book that people had to care about the wheat growers, almost against their wishes. The impact did not end in the early twentieth century, but continues its legacy into the new millenium.<br><br>The Octopus, depicts the conflict between farmers and the railroad over land and power in California. The conflict between these two is revealed through the perspectives of several different groups, each viewing it their own way and offering differing ways to solve or overcome this problem. Norris uses this story as an example to show what he feels is the most important ethical dilemma of his time. <br><br>The Pacific and South West railroad (P. and S.W.) was the cause of the crisis, and as the crisis built up, they saw it as an opportunity to make even more money off of the farmers. The company, in their selfish desire for wealth, continually cheated the farmers, first promising to sell them railroad land at a relatively low price, and then after the farmers greatly improved the land, unreasonably raised the price. In addition rates of transportation, for the farmers to transport their crops away to be sold was also raised. Their solution to the crisis was to keep magnifying it, until it ruined the farmers. <br><br>Once the railroad raised the price for the land, the farmers could not afford to buy. They proceeded to create "dummy buyers," fictitious settlers who they created to come in and buy the land. Soon after Delany, a ranch worker was
Frank Norris (1870-1902)
by Janice Albert
Norris' novels include Blix (1899), The Pit (1903), The Octopus (1901), and the memorable McTeague (1899). Of the writers who assembled in San Francisco's Bohemian Club along with Joaquin Miller and Jack London, young Norris was one of the most energetic, filled with ideas.
Like many of his contemporaries, he was profoundly influenced by the advent of Darwinism, and Thomas Henry Huxley's philosophical defense of it. Norris was particularly influenced….
intertwined in an epic of harrowing proportions, clashing under the backdrop of the law of supply and demand. There are those that are bent on progressive ideologies and reshaping the world in their own view, such as the railroad oligarchy in Frank Norris’s, The Octopus. Shelgrim is misled in believing he has no control over the expansion of the railroad that is outstretching and engulfing the land of the people, all under the guise that it is an inevitable outcome of “progress”. Due to insistence on finding….
Frank Norris is noted as one of the first novelists to influence Naturalism in American literature. After discovering the idea from a French novelist, Norris began to incorporate it into his writing. He used Naturalism to express how the environment influences a person’s attitudes and behaviors. Norris effectively executed this and conveyed the ideas of scientific determinism to his audience during the Progressive Era. Many of his works have become widely recognized due to their impact on America….
Recently, researchers have discovered the existence of an extremely unique type of octopus. The species, known as the Indo-Malayan octopus, has the ability to alter its shape, form, and color pattern to mimic or imitate other sea creatures in order to avoid predation (2). The discovery of the mimic octopus is noteworthy because no other type of cephalopod is known to have impersonation abilities. The octopus is also not limited to one imitation. Researchers have observed up to eight different formations….
“Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individuals instinct for self-preservation” – Albert Einstein
My bare feet pounded on the frozen ground as I ran, my mouse in one hand and the other on my itchy grey beret. We had to keep running, Paltel and I. We had to cover ground before they realised we were gone. The woods were getting closer, closer, the trees extending their waiting arms to our fleeing figures, with their dead and leafless branches covered in thick….
Top 50 Chuck Norris Facts & Jokes
* Chuck Norris had a staring contest with Medusa, and won.
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* Chuck Norris once urinated in a semi truck's gas tank as a joke....that truck is now known as Optimus Prime.
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* There is no 'Ctrl' button on Chuck Norris' computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.
McTeague written by Frank Norris is considered a parallel to the concept of social darwinism. Social darwinism is “the social concept based on Charles Darwin's theory of natural selection which suggested that human social organization was based on the survival of the fittest and the idea that certain classes and races dominated because they are biologically superior.” The novel Mcteague has numerous characters that parallel the concept of social darwinism. In the novel Mcteague, Norris portrays social….
On the floor of any ocean in the world, in the cracks and crevices of ocean rock is the common octopus habitat. The common octopus lives in temperate ocean waters. A key part of their lives are spent at the surface layer of the ocean. Areas of the ocean with the largest amount of octopuses are coastal areas, reef areas and ocean bottom areas. Octopuses have a totally boneless structure. They are terrifically flexible; able to squeeze themselves into the pristine….
The Octopus Flask is noted as one of the most popular recorded painting that dates back to 1500-1450 BCE. The art piece is a painting on a ceramic vessel, what people referred to as “bottle”, it came from the east Cretan site of Palaikastro and is now displayed at the Archeological Museum at Iraklion, Crete.
The Octopus Flask, or the “bottle”, is decorated with paintings of marine life in celebration of the Cretan Maritime Power. It consists of an octopus and other marine life “floating” in its….
Year 9 LAS Humanities CAT: Cartoon Analysis Task
‘The Mongolian Octopus’, The Bulletin Magazine, 1886
Racism towards non
During the mid‐
1800s (the gold rush
experienced a large
influx of migrants,
China and Mongolia.
Published in the
Sydney based, The
on August 21 1886, “The Mongolian Octopus – His Grip On Australia” was intentionally used
as a form of propaganda against Chinese and Mongolian immigration….