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Maggie A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane is an illustration of the morals and views of innocence in the early 1900s The story chases the young and innocent Maggie into a life of sinfulness The opinions of all of those around her change during her growth and express the ideals of life during that time Innocence is defined as freedom from sin wrong or guilt Barnhart 413 Many people value innocence as a very respectable virtue to have The poeple around Maggie in this story have an opinion close to this Maggie begins her life with little sin but as she grows older this ideal begins to weaken Maggies relationship with Pete is esentially what begins and pushes her along this path to indecency Pete is her brothers friend whom she has liked for many years He carries with him an air of superiority and Maggie looks up to his higher social status Maggie is incredibly happy when Pete finally asks her out However at the end of the date when he asks for a kiss she refuses Crane 25 This refusal shows Maggies naive nature and how at this point she is still maintaining her innocence From here on however it is all downhill for Maggie and her innocence Her change in attitude and demeanor caused by Pete affects many people The way Pete took her out and introduced her to a life of drinking and going out every night a life of wealthier society than the people around her had bothered many people Her brother becomes jealous and shows up at Petes pub and starts to fight Crane 39-41 jimmie Maggies brother believes that Pete has betrayed their friendship and that Pete has ruined his sister After she met Pete Maggie also pulled away from her family and stopped living with them She would very rarely come home Maggies mother is also affected
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