Writing Techniques in McTeague: A Story of San Francisco

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McTeague has been criticized for the melodramatic elements present in its action, the simplifications of its philosophy, and its occasionally ponderous style. Yet, most critics agree that the novel possesses intensity and power.

These compelling qualities are in large measure due to Norris's able manipulation of his major techniques which, along with his particular method of characterization, include his attention both to the architecture of his narrative and to his use of symbols.

Because Norris shapes his story by adhering to the typical pattern of the degeneration tale, which traces the stages by which characters move visibly toward objective doom, the plot of his novel assumes bold outlines and a sense of inevitability. He further makes his story vivid by his choice of detail to render the actuality of his characters' lives and by his ability to create memorable scenes. Indeed, his descriptions of San Francisco, Placer County, and...

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