The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky

by

Stephen Crane

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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky Symbols

Pullman Passenger Car

The train pulling the “Great Pullman” car that carries Jack Potter and the bride across Texas from San Antonio to Yellow Sky is a symbol of Eastern civilization and the changes wrought by late-nineteenth century…

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The Bride

Jack Potter’s titular, unnamed bride symbolizes domestication—a product of the civilized advances of Eastern capitalism. At the beginning of the story, the bride is an ornamental addition to Jack Potter’s new domesticated life. She…

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Scratchy Wilson

The desperado Scratchy Wilson, the story’s antagonist, symbolizes both the old frontier and stasis. Wilson is a relic of the legendary “Wild-West,” unaware that he now lives beyond his own time in an era where…

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