Essay on The Blue Hotel

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The Blue Hotel





“The Blue Hotel”


The Story “The Blue Hotel” by Stephen Crane was one that inspires a lot of
thought. This thought is about settings, characters, and ideas. The characters he
creates are very different from each other, as shown in comparisons to each other. The
use of symbolism in the story lets us imagine why the hotel is painted blue and we can
wonder about the character of the Swede for long periods of time. These elements combined
have made this story very good.

The settings in the story are a very big focal point of Stephen Crane. He develops them
very well and makes them actually serve a purpose in the story. The color blue painted on
the outside of the hotel could symbolize its old age and the dark and dreary atmosphere
surrounding it. The hotel seems to be a microcosm because it is the central point for all
of the story’s characters. The only place that they interact with each other is
inside of the hotel and the main points of the story happen there. All of the violent
confrontations happen in the hotel or around its grounds. The main fight between the
Swede and Johnny is outside in the bitter cold in the street. The hotel could possibly
change the characters thinking and cause them to be really weird. This is shown when
Scully shows the Swede pictures of his dead family (269). What person in their
“right” mind would show someone who thinks they are going to be killed a
picture of someone who was killed? These examples show how the settings are more
important then the characters themselves.

The characters are very odd in this story. It’s very hard to think of how such a
group could have been formed. The differences among the men are large. The cowboy is the
rugged and sinister type, while the easterner is very open and joyful. Johnnie is not
like his dad, Scully. They seem to be foils of each other. The Swede is just very unique
and in a class by himself. He is a classic case of a paranoid schizophrenic. Don’t
believe me? How about when he says, “I’m crazy-yes, but I know one
thing“ (267). That one thing is he knows is that he will be killed soon, very soon.

The problem and/or question of whether or not the Swede would have been killed whether
Johnnie had participated in that fight by his cheating or not, is easy to answer. The
Swede had a death wish and wanted to die. Some examples of this are when he takes a drink
of the alcohol offered to him by Scully (269). If you thought you were in danger, would
you drink anything specially offered to just you? But the Swede just laughed it off and
gulped the drink right down. They did not all collaborate in the murder of the Swede. I
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