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America is known for being the melting pot of the world This is because so many immigrants come here from all different places in the world making America the most diverse country Immigrants come here for many different reasons new job opportunities religious and political freedom and wealth What they found when they got here though was not exactly what they expected Stephen Cranes Maggie A Girl of The Streets captures the hardships that immigrants had to go through once they reached their destination The novel begins by describing the home life of Maggie and her family Crane describes how their alcoholic parents beat Maggie along with her two brothers Jimmie and Tommie day after day Soon though Maggies father and little brother Tommie are dead Jimmie and Maggie are forced to get jobs - Jimmie as a truck driver and Maggie as a worker in a textile factory Naive Maggie then becomes mesmerized with Jimmies friend Pete whom she doesnt know is a pimp Pete takes her on many dates until Maggie falls in love with him while Pete is just trying to take advantage of her and eventually ruins her Her mother thinks that she is a disgrace to the family and kicks her out of the house so she goes to live with Pete Pete eventually leaves Maggie though and her family will not accept her back into the house Maggie has nowhere to go except on the streets where she becomes a prostitute One night she finds herself by the river where she dies of a cause in which the author does not make clear Maggie is a character who shows what the negative aspects of city growth do to a person because these things ultimately lead to her death Maggie lived in a tenement a building that was multilevel housing for a cheap labor source Berry Notes There were several small apartments in one building and none of them had
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