Hypocrisy in Steven Crane’s Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets Essay

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“Maggie: Girl of the Streets,” written by Stephen Crane, is the common tale of girl fallen victim to the environment around her. Embedded in the story is the Darwin theory survival of the fittest, in which Maggie, the main character does manage to survive, but with drastic consequences. Born into a hell-hole with no positive role models around her, her tragic fate was expected to some degree. Prostitution for women in poverty was not an uncommon occupation and suicide as death was also a common form of an ends to means for literature of that time as well. Crane uses Maggie and her outcome to expose the solemn slums of New York. Maggie is viewed as a victim of her bowery lifestyle and her fate is also attributed to her …show more content…
The next stage that would follow would be the objectifying stage, in which a man begins to objectify everything around him and treat everything as objects in an attempt to understand the world around them. This phase usually creates a more negative aspect for the individual as they mishandle their surroundings by treating them like objects. In regards to Christianity, this would be the phase in which man delves deeper into their sins in attempt to receive some sort of fulfillment either through over indulgence in sexual behavior, substance abuse, or even food. As a result, the individual only increases its guilt even more. Hegel suggest the way to self- knowledge or moral integrity is only through forgiveness of one’s sins, or as the Christian doctrine would say forgiveness of your sins from God after receiving salvation and accepting the that Jesus died for your sins.

Providing an analysis of how the three phases are seen in Cranes’ novella will shed light on how the lack of people to impart in Maggie’s life and understanding moral integrity resulted in her decline to prostitution. This statement is reiterated in an article addressing the

victimization of women entitled “The Fate of the Fallen Woman in Maggie and Sister Carrie,” when it mentions that “nowhere in the novella is there a positive role model for Maggie. Her mother is a drunken slattern whose characterization is uniformly negative. All around are
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