Maggie; a Girl of the Streets

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Catie Dickinson
Mr. Powers
English 11
Summer Reading Report: Maggie: A girl of the Streets
According to J.F. Clarke “The bravest of individuals is one who obeys his or her conscience.” In other words people are bravest when they listen to that voice inside their head, brave individuals will be able to get out and do what they want and get what they want in life. I believe this idea is right because when people are able to have a good conscience about something they are able to be brave in almost any situation. The book Maggie: Girl of the Streets proves this quote because Maggie makes the brave decision to leave her family and everything she knows for a boy, and the uncertainty of a stable future.

Maggie: Girl Of the Streets set in New York City is a good example of how the average person lived their life at the end of the nineteenth century in the slums. The protagonist, Mary, is characterized as a daring person because she leaves the life she knows for the uncertain mate Pete whom she meets at a bar. Unlike most who call the slums there home Maggie is said to be beautiful, she was “a most rare and wonderful production of a tenement district, a pretty girl…none of the dirt of Rum Alley seemed to be in her veins.” Peter begins to take notice of her beauty and Maggie soon decides it is in her best interest to leave her alcoholic, abusive mother and crazy brother in hopes of a better life. Maggie’s brother, Jimmie, who is first seen as a fighter, is very upset when Maggie decides to get close to Pete and tries to fight him, he also

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Maggie.
This book proves that the lens is correct because

J.F. Clarke’s quote “the bravest of individuals is one who obeys his or her conscience” proves to be true because people are able to be brave when they listen to that voice inside their head and go for what they truly believe to be the right decision. I believe this to be true because I myself am braver when I tell myself to just go...
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