Maggie: The Girl with no Control
People in general like to think they control more of their lives than they actually do. The idea of naturalism has many different aspects to it. The idea is all about man's internal struggle for power against nature. The novel Maggie a Girl of the Streets, written by Steven Crane illustrates just how ones life can be affected by the surrounding environment, and that person does not have a large amount of control over their life. Crane expresses that Maggie has little control over her life and its outcome.
One example that shows Maggie has little control over her life is her personal appearance. Maggie is a girl from an awful background with drunken parents and a small tenement she lives in. In general, one would expect someone from such an origin to be unattractive due to the fact she lacks the care it takes to become attractive. One occurrence of this is when Crane says, "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" (13). This quote tells the reader that Maggie is a pretty girl, which is rare in her conditions. Maggie, being born in such a horrid environment, is unlucky to be born with such good looks. She cannot control what she looks like and in the end defies the odds by turning out to be pretty. Nature is indifferent about all things and the fact that Maggie is attractive proves that no matter ones circumstances nature is uncaring. Later in the novel Maggie becomes a prostitute who has to make her money from working on the street. Crane says, "A girl of the painted cohorts of the city went along the street. She threw changing glances at men who passed her, giving smiling invitations to men..." (48). This quote shows us that Maggie has now become a prostitute. Maggie's good looks influence her fate heavily. The main reason Maggie is capable of being a Prostitute has much to do with the fact that she is a...
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