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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets | Study Guide

Stephen Crane

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maggie-a-girl-of-the-streets-stephen-craneNarrator, Chapter 5he girl, Maggie, blossomed in a mud puddle … None of the dirt of Rum Alley seemed to be in her veinsSources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Poetry FoundationCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Double StandardsMaggie and Jimmie are judged differently becauseof their gender.InnocenceWorsted boots symbolize Maggies youth, potential,and innocence.LongingThe mantel covering embodies Maggies longing for a better life.Main IdeasFriend of Jimmie; woos and then leaves Maggie for another womanPeteAlcoholic, abusive, combative parent; faces shock when Maggie goes “bad”The MotherCondemns his sister Maggie for having sex with Pete, despite his similar relationshipsJimmieInnocent, trusting young woman of the slums; rejected and abandonedMaggieMain CharactersCrane carefully studiedlife in the New York slums, collecting realistic detailsto use in Maggie: A Girlof the Streets. Although Crane had a relatively comfortable upbringing asa ministers son, he lived inthe Bowery while workingfor a newspaper, becoming involved in the communityhe wrote about.STEPHEN CRANE1871–1900AuthorShunned Maggie prostitutes herself and dies, while Pete goes on with his life.Maggies RuinationThe mother tells Maggie not to return if she leaves with Pete for a better life.Maggies LongingThrough a childhood of hardship, Maggie grows up innocent and kind.AbuseIn the Bowery slums of the 1890s, Maggie dreams of a better life than poverty and abuse in her mothers apartment. She falls for worldly Pete and imagines him to be her ticket out. But failed dreams leave Maggie shamed and homeless when Pete abandons her, leading to her death.The Death ofan InnocentOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1893Year PublishedStephen CraneAuthorMaggie: A Girlof the StreetsFictionNovella

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