Maggie: A Girl Of the Streets


Title/Author The book report for this marking period is one that is enjoyed by millions and millions of people; Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, by Stephen Crane. What is interesting about this book is that even though it was written well over one hundred years ago, the lessons learned in this book can be applied to the time and place of today. Setting This novel is set in an unnamed city in the south, probably during the late 19th century. The story begins with Jimmie as a little kid getting into scraps with a rival gang. Then it jumps about 4 years to when Jimmie was a preteen. About every few chapters the story line will jump a few years and by the end of Maggie?s life the story would have spanned about 30 years. People around the city hate Jimmie and Maggie?s family, the Johnson?s, because their parents drink and get rowdy in the middle of the night. The atmosphere of this book is heavy and depressing, because all the people in the city are poor and then the author describes the horrible conditions that they live in. But when the main character dies, the emotion changes, because the family comes together and you are filled with over joy. Characterization The main character in Crane?s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is Maggie, a girl born into a poor family that likes to get drunk and basically have fist fights and try to literally kill one another. Maggie is a self-assured woman, and she is basically a diamond in the rough. Where Maggie lives, the people really don?t count on physical looks, but Maggie on the other hand is the most beautiful woman of the community. Maggie also likes to hide her feelings a lot. This is shown when she gets a crush on one of her brother?s friend, Pete. She goes around staring at him, but not saying really much. This is also shown when she is at home. When her parents are drunk and fighting, she just sits there, doing nothing and saying nothing. Basically, Maggie goes around and does her own thing and not getting influence by other people. The other main character in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is Jimmie, Maggie?s brother. Jimmie, in many ways is the exact opposite of his sister. Jimmie is slightly younger and a lot more immature than Maggie is. Maggie may be a quiet person, but Jimmie, one the other hand, is a wild rambunctious kid, who all he wants to do is pick fights. Jimmie, at first, is seen fighting a rival gang and cussing and bleeding from head to toe. In a lot of ways, Jimmie is Maggie?s villain. At first it appears that he loves his sister and has a good relationship with her. When Maggie starts going out with Pete, Jimmie turns against her saying that she ruined the family name, because she is a white girl going out with a black man. Jimmie in the end, when his sister dies goes back to being loving brother. Plot To have the emotional ups and downs of Crane?s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, one must know what goes on within the story. The story unfolds by putting the reader right in the action, with Jimmie Johnson fighting a group of rival gang member?s in a back alley of a major city during the late 19th century. Jimmie was getting beat up so bad that he had blood dripping from his face like sweat. Then his father showed up, and took him by the ear and dragged him all the way home. When Jimmie came home, his mother found out that he had been fighting and started beating him up. When she is doing this, the neighbors listen to all the cures they are saying to one another. When Jimmie?s father had had enough of watching his son, he stepped in and then the mother and the father were fist fighting until they both passed out. This would happen in their house hold almost every day. Maggie would be there and she would watch and wouldn?t really get too involved with them. When this is over, 4 years had passed and Jimmie and Maggie?s father had died so the family would be down to 3.