In ¡°The Blue Hotel,¡± Stephen Crane uses various provocative techniques to ensure that the setting adds to the richness of the story. ¡°The Blue Hotel¡± is set in a cold Nebraska town at the Palace Hotel in the late 1800¡¯s, but there is more to setting than just when and where a story takes place.
In a written work, it is the author¡¯s job to vividly depict events in order to keep the reader¡¯s attention and to create colorful mental images of places, objects, or situations. The story is superbly enhanced through Crane¡¯s use of setting to develop mood, to create irony, and to make nature foreshadow or imitate human actions. The Swede comes to the Blues Hotel with the assumption that he will witness, if not be involved in, robberies and murders. The Swede was already experiencing inner fears about the West and when he was invited to join a friendly card game with Johnnie and the other customers of the Blue Hotel, his fears were heightened.
When Scully calmed the Swede's nerves by giving him something to drink, the Swede undergoes a complete transformation and becomes what he considers to be a Westerner. The drinking, according to Weiss, returns the Swede to his original fears, but this time he isn't afraid, he is "cannibalistic", devouring his opponents and becoming very aggressive. He began "board-whacking" and eventually accused Johnnie of cheating. Weiss states that the card game was a "benign way for him to work off his aggressions harmlessly.
" However when Johnnie started cheating, the reality of crime and gambling set in and "the cheating restore the game to the world of outlaws, professional gamblers, and gunmen." After the two fought and the Swede was triumphant, the Swede went on to the local saloon where he picked a fight and was killed by a professional gambler. The Swede was experiencing a high on power and liberation when he ordered the other men in the bar to drink with him. When he is stabbed, the Swede returns to his earlier disposition as a victim of the West. ¡°Every sin is the result of collaboration¡± (P577). The quote is a very straight forward statement that states that every event is a result of interaction of people,a "collaboration".A result is rarely an effort of one person.A person may be the one that commit the final action, but the steps taken usually involves many others in the form of advises and encouragements.
"We, five of us, have collaborated in the murder of this Swede. Usually there are from a dozen to forty women really involved in every murder, but in this case it seems to be only five men — you, I, Johnnie, old Scully, and that fool of an unfortunate gambler came merely as a culmination, the apex of a human movement, and gets all the punishment." –IX last paragraph. (P577)This passage explains a little about how the five people collaborated on the death of the Swede. ¡°One viewed the existence of man then as marvel, and conceded a glamour of winder to these lice which were caused to cling to a whirling, fire-smitten, ice locked, disease-stricken, space-lost bulb.¡±(P574) The quote states that human race view itself as a ¡°marvel¡±, but in reality, the human race is as insignificant as "lice" living in an unfavorable environment described as "disease-stricken, space-lost bulb".The "bulb" is most likely referring to the.