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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The Palace Hotel at Fort Romper was painted a light blue, a shade that is on the legs of a kind of heron, causing the bird to declare its position against any background. The opening line of the story immediately serves to situate the primary setting of the story as out of place. In doing so, it becomes a metaphor that foreshadows the trajectory of the narrative. This is a story in which everything seems to be slightly out of sync with everything surrounding it. In addition, the imagery of the heron using the blue of its legs as a determinant of perspective will prove ironic as all sense of perspective seems to get jumbled inside the hotel.
Stephen Crane is known for his creation of stories about regular people who experience extraordinary events for a brief time in their lives, and the Blue Hotel is an excellent example of this. One of the reasons his audience is so varied from learned scholars to more common folk who enjoy pulp fiction is that his characters themselves are so varied. If one picks up almost any of his stories, there is at least one character with whom they can identify. The book traces the fears of five men during a winter in the late 's and takes place in a small Nebraska town in a space of less than twenty-four hours.
The Blue Hotel. Plot Summary. LitCharts Teacher Editions.