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In The Street by Ann Petry Lutie and her son Bub as well as most of the characters are clearly portrayed as victims One is ultimately led to believe that their victimization and the barriers they face are because of race Race is clearly the main obstacle for Lutie and Bub It is what holds them back from leaving the street Born into prejudice they are basically prescribed a future The three characters which best represent the victimization of African-Americans and women are Bub Lutie and Min The main obstacle facing Lutie is obviously the color of her skin This prevented her from being able to advance the way she wanted to The fact that Lutie is a woman contributes to her struggle even further Women have to deal with male dominance and being victimized by men in addition to being a minority Both Lutie and Min try to break free these constraints but ultimately fail because the task lies deeper than within themselves This story is a perfect example of the struggles African-Americans and in particular women have to endure and a perfect illustration of the vicious cycle that keeps them unable to achieve the lives that they wanted and worked so hard for There was a force that was keeping African-Americans on the street and according to Ann Petrys views it was the system in which they were living Lutie is faced with being a single parent She must provide child care as well as earn money to keep her and her son alive Her life is a double edged sword because she needs to be at home and working at the same time an impossible task Because of these two factors and the invisible barriers they pose it is impossible for Lutie to achieve the life she desires for herself and Bub In the beginning of the story Lutie was forced to take action and support her family
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