Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets Domestic ideology is based off the “Cult of True Womanhood.” This belief is how women should live their lives. The ideal woman follows the Cult’s ideas of piety, purity, submission, and domesticity. Crane argues in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets that life in the working class does not allow the idea of domestic ideology to exist. He makes this clear through Maggie’s family life and especially through her mother, Mary, and her brother, Jimmie. Maggie and her family are Irish immigrants. In the beginning we see how Maggie’s life is at home. Her mother, Mary, is a drunk but pretends that she is a perfect mother. Her father was a mean man who beat Jimmie for fighting. He would drink right after work and then went home drunk where he was beaten by Mary. Jimmie is a kid who likes to fight others but he also was protecting Maggie while he was still a child. Her youngest brother, Timmie, was a baby who played an extremely small part in Crane’s story because he was dead by chapter four. Mary did show Timmie some sort of love in the beginning by putting him to sleep lovingly. She did not treat her other two children as kindly as she treated Timmie. Maggie’s father was also a smaller part because he died by chapter four also. Maggie knew only the life of her family where she was not loved and eventually grew ashamed of it. Mary has a strong reputation as a joke. She thinks she is a woman who it fulfilling her duties as a woman but she was not. She often goes into rages that ends with destroyed furniture and her passed out on the floor. She beats her children and husband and screams loud enough for everyone to hear. The whole tenement knows the problems of the family because of how vocal she is. She does not care who hears what. This is something that goes against the Cult of Womanhood because it is not how someone who follows those ideals

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