Sympathetic characters are characters in a novel, book, or short story that appeal to the audience in a way that we can identify with their misfortunes but at the same time, despite their shortcomings, still have high hopes for them in the end. In the short story, “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets,” by Stephen Crane, Maggie, the protagonist, is the perfect example of an individual whom readers root for even though we fully understand what type of circumstances she’s in. She may seem like the underdog but that is exactly why audiences might want to support her character, because in many cases the underdog does end up succeeding. In the opening of the story, readers are being subjected to a scene filled with violence and we begin to acknowledge that the setting in which the story takes place is not ideal. Everyone lives in borderline poverty and tries hard to survive in the neighborhood. Maggie’s parents are always drunk and fighting, her mother is abusive, and her brother, Jimmie, is constantly starting problems with kids on the streets. However, Maggie seems to be the only one in her family trying to do the right thing, staying home, staying away from trouble, and taking care of her younger brother. Audiences at this point are already hoping the best for her character because she seems innocent and naïve compared to the all the craziness around her. As the story progresses, Crane writes, “The girl, Maggie, blossomed in a mud puddle. She grew to be a most rare and wonderful production of a tenement district, a pretty girl,” (956). This quote makes readers feel as if she could be an exception, if Maggie was able to grow up into a beautiful young woman even in her circumstances, then maybe she could make it out of the neighborhood and become something of herself. Audiences have high hopes for her, thus, making them feel sympathetic towards her character. Readers begin to be even more hopeful when she meets Pete. He takes her to an extravagant theater where she becomes acquainted with a luxurious lifestyle. A beautiful girl is fitting to be in a grand theater, surrounded by sophisticated men and women, with the man that she likes. Even though Maggie’s family disapproves, audiences do hope that her defiance was the right thing to do and that she will have a better life because of it. However, Maggie is one underdog
Stephen Crane’s novella
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
tells a tragic story about the
unfortunate life of a young girl named Maggie and her family. Maggie lives in the Bowery with
her brothers Jimmie and Tommie, and her terribly abusive parents. The novella highlights the
daily tragedy Maggie endures and offers no glimpse of hope to her or her family. Crane’s
naturalist style of writing conveys bleak surroundings and dull routine living that ultimately
breaks down everyone living in the Bowery.
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets …
Mark Twain‘s book The adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Stephen Crane’s short novel Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, are two brilliant narrations exposing picaresque characters in nineteenth century America. Comparing and contrasting Maggie and Huckleberry Finn shows that while both novels and characters have a lot in common, they also are really dissimilar on countless very significant issues.
Both Mark Twain and Stephen Crane use realism and local color to reveal their American worlds in the nineteenth…
Confinement: Jimmie’s Inability to Control His Destiny
Because of the unavoidable circumstances of his life and his fatalistic outlook of the world, life restrains Jimmie Johnston to a predestined fate in Stephen Crane’s novella, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. Jimmie’s exposure to the abusive relationship of his parents result in his predisposition to violence and drinking as an adult. As Jimmie’s neighbor questions him if his “fader beatin’ [his] mudder or [his] mudder beatin’ [his] fader” (10)…
penitentiary. Such as in Stephen Crane’s book
Maggie A Girl of the Streets he creates a sense of hopelessness to describe the life of
a young girl who stayed in tenements which is over populated apartments with ten to
fifteen people sleeping in one room in Bowery, New York in the late 1800’s and how
The streets have affected her mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout her
Lifetime. Crane in Maggie creates this type feeling through crime…
Stephen Crane’s “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” provides an account of the fictional life of Maggie, a young, impoverished Irish-American girl living with her family in New York City. Throughout the novella, Maggie’s feeble ambitions to escape her abusive home life are exhibited, as are the tragic consequences of her noble intentions. It seems evident that Crane uses Maggie’s endeavors as a vehicle for determinism, an integral part of the Naturalist literary period that is defined as the philosophical…
Irony in Maggie, A Girl of the Streets
The use of dramatic irony in Stephen Crane’s novella, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets builds dramatic tension by eliciting a sense of pity towards the characters and lends the conclusion an air of disappointment tinged with inevitable doom. Crane uses the relative cynicism of the audience compared to the innocent Maggie to build the anticipation for her eventual fall. He employs this tactic particularly when dealing with Pete and his relationship with Maggie, Jimmy…
associated with the dealing of drugs
b) running into a girl with a car
Why did Caleb almost get put into Juvie the second
running over another person
getting into a ﬁght
He was upset after his break up with Kendra
b) He thought his family would be better oﬀ without
Everyone hated him because of the accident
d) He was kicked out
Who was the one who actually ran into Maggie?
Why did Caleb leave Paradise?
His book, “The Red Badge of Courage is known to be one of the first “unromanticized depictions of the Civil War. His other novel, “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” shows a real side to humanity. Most of his stories, he layers this writing with irony and vivid imagery. The term Naturalism describes a type of literature that attempts to apply scientific principles of objectivity and detachment to its…
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Freshman Writing, Block 4
By Summer Abukhalaf
“Meet with us in science after school, okay?” Maggie says.
“Okay, let me call my mom and tell her about it,” I say.
I know my mom will never let me walk with my friends to go to someones house.
I’m so excited to go trick or treating with my friends. This year is supposed to be
absolutely perfect. Eighth grade is very important. It’s your last year in middle school…
His novella Maggie: A girl of the streets is considered to be a milestone in American literature (“ Stephen Crane” Biography Books and Facts).
Crane returned to his earlier passion for writing in 1892 as he relocated to New York. Crane freelance for tribune that published several of his fictional stories which later became part of his collection Stephen crane: Sullivan county tales and sketches crane adopted a bohemian lifestyle and had a first hand experience of poverty and street life. (“Biography…