The Street Is So Much More Than A Story Of Ethnicity

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Ann Petry’s The Street is so much more than a story of ethnicity; it 's equally a tale about the struggles of women, and more so the sad plight of anyone who lives in poverty. What we see is that despite heroic determination, the system is structured to wear down and push against Lutie, the protagonist’s very best efforts. The Street takes us on a journey that helps us experience the dynamics of poverty and understand the thought processes of people trapped in it. The Street is a truly haunting and realistic portrayal of what America is really like underneath, which is a color barrier, and a land of haves and have nots, and not enough decent jobs to go around. The Street is a brutal examination of racism, sexism, and poverty in America. Set in 1940s Harlem, Ann Petry 's novel primarily tells the story of Lutie Johnson’s efforts to raise her son and escape poverty while living in Harlem. Young, black, beautiful, poor, and socially isolated, Lutie is constantly and acutely aware of the ways in which her existence and her son 's future are limited and crushed by the forces of racism and class. Determined to rise above the poverty and racism that constrains her on a daily basis. There are many conflicts, twists, and turns, but one thing that can’t go unnoticed is the hard knocked life Lutie, and many others throughout the novel experience while living in poverty. When reading the novel I felt emotionally invested, almost as if I was experiencing Lutie’s experiences as
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