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Naturalism demonstrated in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by
Transcript of Naturalism demonstrated in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
by Stephen Cran
Naturalism is a literary movement at the end of the nineteenth century which developed out of realism.
Maggie is insecure about herself by fantasizing over wealthy and well-dressed women, "She began to have an intense dislike for all of her dresses.. began to note, with more interest, the well dressed women she met on the avenues." (Crane)
Focuses on the middle and lower class
Characters are ill-educated & controlled by environment, heredity, instinct, or chance. There is a "Brute Within" each individual.
Mrs. Jean Stalcup
27 February 2014
Dramatizes the loss of individuality at a physiological level
Focuses novel on the middle class or lower class
Associated with the heroic or adventurous qualities of a man
Characters are ill-educated and controlled by environment, heredity, instinct, or chance. There is a "Brute Within" each individual.
Dramatizes the loss of individuality
Jimmie lost himself after the death of his brother, Tommie, "He never conceived a respect for the world.. sullen with thoughts of a hopeless altitude.." (Crane)
Maggie was so fixated by Pete that she ran away with him from her family and the placed that she was raised, "She went." (Crane)
Pete was not wealthy but dressed professionally and fit in the middle class category, ".. Pete brought forth all his elegance and all his knowledge of high-class customs.." (Crane)
Jimmie grew up in the ghetto where there were high crime rates and violence. Therefore, Jimmie was introduced to fighting at an early age, ".. followed by the blood-covered boy, drew near, the little girl burst into reproachful cries. 'Ah, Jimmie, youse bin fightin' agin'" (Crane)
Crane, Stephen. "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Stephen Crane." Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, by Stephen Crane. Read It Now for Free! (Homepage). N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2014.
Maggie's environment did not aid her. She wanted to live a wealthy life and become well-educated, but could not do so, "She began to note, with more interest, the well-dressed women she met on the avenues. She envied the elegance and soft palms." (Crane)
There is an evil within each person. Jimmie is influenced by hereditary by his father who displayed inappropriate actions toward Jimmie, "Jimmie arose painfully from the ground and confronting his father, began to curse him. His parent kicked him." (Crane)
Maggie and her family lived in the ghetto and were of the lower class, ".. entered into a dark region where, from a careening building, a dozen gruesome doorways..' (Crane)