Tenements In Stephen Crane's Maggie, A Girl Of The Streets

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Stephen Crane, a naturalists author, writes about people living in situations beyond their control. In Maggie, A Girl of the Streets there are characters written in a way the represents the world that surrounds them. Characters who are subjected to the type of world they were born in and are never able to leave. The dark region of Rum Alley of New York portrays the personalities of the characters that live there.
Maggie was the only one in her family that had hope to leave the tenements while Jimmie has accepted his fate. Jimmie is an extension of the dark region and all that it encompasses. He grew into the man he despised most of all, his father. "As incumbent of that office, he stumbled up-stairs late at night, as his father had done before him" (Crane 19). Jimmie has fallen into the same routine that the people from the tenements never escape. The tenements provide shelter for the people that transform simple buildings into homes of hopelessness. Hope for others, themselves, and the future are nonexistent in the dark region of Rum Alley. Jimmie doesn't understand Maggie's to find a
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Jimmie realizes the complications this can bring and says "You've edder got teh go teh hell or teh work" (Crane 18). Her brother realizes that she has grown into a pretty girl which in his mind means that she has to go to work or have a social death when giving into the darkness around them. "In Stephen Crane's Maggie…the protagonists Maggie…attempt(s) to transcend their(her) "primitive" states by imitating middle-class identity but instead spiral down to a more primitive state - prostitution" (Cannon 42). This explains how Maggie goes from being a naïve girl who looks to achieve more than she has but in the end falls to a fate worse than death as her brother would say. Maggie chose a deceitful path with promises of hope but only brought her misery and

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