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Essay about Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

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The novel, Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets, by Stephen Crane, takes place in the slums of New York City during the 1890’s. It is about a girl, Maggie Johnson, who is forced to grow up in a tenement house. She had a brother, Jimmie, an abusive mother, Mary, and a father who died when Maggie was young. When Maggie grew up, she met her boyfriend, Pete. In Maggie’s eyes, Pete was a sophisticated young man who impressed Maggie because he treated her better than she had been treated to all of her life. Once Maggie’s mother and brother found out that Maggie was sleeping with this man, Mary threw Maggie out into the streets, condemning her to a life of evil. Eventually, Pete decided he no longer wished to see Maggie.…show more content…
Yet, Mary did not see anything wrong with her own actions.
The most powerful construction device used throughout the novel is the setting. The tenement houses in the 1890s were crowded, lacking in good sanitation, and filled with disease. Also, the people who lived in the tenement houses would often fight with each other. The houses were most often located in an alley with other dangerous sorts of people. The tenement house that the Johnson family inhabited was located in Rum Alley. Crane went into great detail in describing the tenement houses. “Eventually they entered a dark region where, from a careening building, a dozen gruesome doorways gave up loads of babies to the street and the gutter. …In all the unhandy places there were buckets, brooms, rags, and bottles. …The building quivered and creaked from the weight of humanity stamping about in its bowels.'; The people who inhabited these types of houses were relatively uneducated, which is shown through the dialect which the author used. “Den d’ mug he squared off an’ he said he was fine as silk wid his dukes-see? An’ he wanned a drink-quick. Dat’s what he said. See?'; The Johnson family is no acceptation to this. Both the parents were drunkards and frequently in fights. Therefore, this would be a terrible environment
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