Stephen Crane's "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" Analytical Essay

Stephen Crane's "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets"
A critical analysis of Crane's novel, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets."
# 2886 | 1,930 words | 9 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 15, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper analyzes Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. The author examines how the book is a reflection of the writer's childhood and childhood experiences.

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"Many of Stephen Crane's life experiences are also expressed in his writings, but not in the way casual readers would expect. Many people believe that "The Red Badge of Courage" is the result of Crane's personal acquaintance with the Civil War and "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" was written following a time spent living in the slums of New York. This is not true in either case. Stephen Crane was born after the Civil War and according to Benfey, "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" was started prior to Crane moving to New York (63). Although, the deterministic theme in "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" is not a result of Stephen Crane's personal experience in the slums, it is a reflection of a dark period in his childhood, his unpleasant experiences with Christianity, and parental deprivation."

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