Analysis Of Stephen Crane 's `` The Bride Comes The Yellow Sky ``

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Stephen Crane’s “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” is a formula fiction short story that initially seems to be an average taming of the Wild West story; however, Crane uses the journey home of a newly wedded couple and their welcoming to reveal the final evolutionary steps of a once barbaric town into a more civilized one. To clearly distinguish between the structure and refinement of the East and the chaotic ways of the transitioning western town, Yellow Sky, the story is told from multiple points of view. The author uses the attire of the unnamed wife of protagonist, Jack Potter and the antagonist, Scratchy Wilson to show that the once rugged western town has become more refined. In addition, the rough behavior of Wilson shows that Yellow Sky still lacks a complete sense of order. While, the imagery evoked by in the town’s name signifies that it is in a state of limbo, the train on the other hand, represents the changes that will come quickly. Finally, the construct of marriage, the strict train schedule, and the train’s speed signify that order has finally come to Yellow Sky for good. Through the use of such symbolism, Crane is able to portray to the reader that the theme of “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” is the inevitability of order in the face of chaos.

Descriptions of places or things, such as a sky color associated with the town’s name and a moving vehicle are used as symbols to support the theme of this story. With the symbolic use of sky color we are reminded that…

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