Essay about Analysis Of ' Maggie ' A Girl Of The Streets '

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Mother-Daughter Torment
In Stephen Crane’s novella “Maggie, A Girl of the Streets”, the abundant examples of situational and dramatic irony highlights the personalities of the characters, characterizes individuals, and contributes to the development of the mother-daughter relationship between Mary and Maggie making it easier to relate to the characters and their problems. Mary develops as an ironic character in her nature as a mother and a drunk alcoholic. On the other hand, Maggie believes that despite her unfortunate childhood she can escape her mother and overcome poverty with hope for a real future. Her aspiration for a better life remains unimpaired throughout most of the novella. The relationship between Mary and Maggie invokes irony as the mother and daughter possess opposite views on life and the world they live in until the end when they become oddly similar to one another. The irony allows Crane to present and emphasize central ideas and convey more intense meanings without stating them bluntly.
The irony allows crane to convey deeper meanings without having to state it bluntly
Creates comical relief and Authors can use irony to make their audience stop and think about what has just been said, or to emphasize a central idea. The audience 's role in realizing the difference between what is said and what is normal or expected is essential to the successful use of irony.

Mary the mother of Maggie contributes to the irony in the novella from the way she acts towards…

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