Maggie: a Girl of the Streets Essay

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Research Paper "A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honor of Rum Alley. He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row who were circling madly about the heap and pelting at him." (p3) Stephen Crane started his book off with violence because that’s what the book is mainly about. He might have been writing about his own childhood, a friends, a neighbors, or he could have just made this story up. In this book everyone had a different outlook on life. People’s attitude towards the environment and others will have an effect on your future. “The small frame of the ragged girl was quivering. Her features were haggard from weeping, and her eyes gleamed from fear. She grasped the urchin's arm in her little trembling hands and they huddled in a corner. The eyes of both were drawn, by some force, to stare at the woman's face, for they thought she need only to awake and all fiends would come from below.” This quote shows how scared they were of their mother. Children shouldn’t be scared of their parents. They should feel safe when they are with them. Maggie and Jimmies parents fought all the time and it made them think that it’s okay to fight when it’s not. It showed them that violence was okay. Many people would feel sorry for the children of these families but most people wouldn’t do anything to help. In this book the siblings grow up and Jimmie turns out to be like his dad, which that doesn’t surprise anyone considering he got into a lot of fights. Maggie turned out to be the optimistic one and more naïve. They have two very different personalities. Even though Maggie is kind of happy she ends up dying in the end. Jimmie is very strong willed and doesn’t let anyone tell him what to do. Crane isn’t trying to tell everyone to be crabby and not friendly to anyone but you have to know when to be able to trust someone. “Her suitor Pete is a
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