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In Maggie a Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane the disheartening images of Riiss photographs are realistically depicted through the story of young family struggling through life in Rum Alley There life is a picture of deterioration passivity and despair From a window of an apartment house that upreared its form from amid squat ignornant stables there leaned a curious woman Some laborers unloading a scow at a dock at the river paused for a moment and regarded the fight The engineer of a passive tugboat hung lazily to a railing and watched Over on the Island a worm of yellow convicts came from the shadow of a grey ominous building and crawled slowly along the rivers bank Crane 3 In this panoramic view of the setting the darkness of life is evident each object described is portrayed as passive lazy and ignorant conveying the overall despair of the atmosphere The characters in this passage simply observe they take no actions in stopping the fight in the foreground a sentiment mirrored in their feelings towards life in Rum Alley Dejected surrounded by this grayness embodying despair the people of this society do not attempt to move on and up They are stagnant in this life accustomed to the ways of their world Amongst this dreary backdrop Crane explores the growth of a young girl Maggie who represents an ounce of hope as she is still young enough to dream and have faith in these desires However as she has never known anything but the violent and grotesque landscape and life around her her dreams do not carry her far from home as seen in her relationship with Pete Though a drunken haughty and miscreant character Maggie labels Pete as the beau ideal of a man Crane 19 He is Maggies means of escaping her life Her dim thoughts were often searching for far away lands where as God says the little
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