Analysis Of Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

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“Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” is about an Irish-American family who lives in poverty. Both of the parents are hot headed and are in their cups on a daily basis. The middle child Jimmie is always getting into fights, the mother abuses him for it, but she also abuses the other children for minor things like accidentally breaking plate (p. 952, 8th edition). The parents fight quite often which results in the father going to the bar and getting intoxicated to escape his problems at home. The Bowery represents corruption which caused the mother, Mary to become a devil to her family, Jimmie to be an angry, brawling young man, and eventually, the innocent Maggie becomes a prostitute.

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