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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets | Study Guide

Stephen Crane

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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets | Characters

Character Description
Maggie Johnson Maggie Johnson is an innocent and trusting girl of the slums. As an adult she is shunned by her family, abandoned by Pete, and turns to prostitution. Read More
Jimmie Johnson Young Jimmie is a fearless fighter and defender of his own interests. As an adult, he condemns Maggie for her sexual relationship with Pete, even though he has had similar relationships. Read More
Pete Pete has the look and reputation of a fighter, qualities that elicit respect from other men and admiration from Maggie. He ruins and abandons Maggie, contributing to her death. Read More
Mary Johnson Mary Johnson, called "the mother," survives the poverty and desolation of the tenement slums through alcoholic rages while screaming and beating her children. She is shocked when Maggie goes "bad" and banishes her, forgiving Maggie only after she dies. Read More
Blue Billie Blue Billie and young Jimmie have a violent altercation after Jimmie calls him out for letting him fight the Devil's Row gang alone.
Mr. Johnson Mr. Johnson is called "the father" and his first name is not given. He works as a laborer, fights with the mother, gets drunk, and dies young.
Freddie "A mere boy" and Nellie's companion, Freddie is left behind with Maggie when Pete and Nellie abandon them.
Hattie Hattie, "the forlorn woman," is one of Jimmie's sexual partners who tracks him down to beg for support for herself or a baby. Like Maggie, Hattie's lover rejects and abandons her.
Nellie "A woman of brilliance and audacity," Nellie is a cut above the slum crowd. She and Pete leave behind Freddie and Maggie, initiating Pete's ultimate rejection of Maggie.
The Old Woman The old woman is a neighbor in the Johnson's building who takes in the children when they need a place to hide. She is also a beggar and a thief, stirring up trouble by telling Jimmie about Maggie having sex.
Miss Smith A woman in black, Miss Smith leads the mourning after Maggie dies and pushes the mother to forgive Maggie.
Tommie Johnson The baby of the Johnson family, Tommie hides under the table when the fighting begins. When he dies, Maggie steals a flower for his send-off.
The Waiter The waiter advises a drunk and slurring Pete not to make a fool of himself. Pete tries to give him money, then fights him, and finally apologizes.
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