Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

Romanticism preached human beings and nature exist in a harmonious relationship where individuals can have a positive impact on their environment and life experiences. Critics of romanticism formed their own idea of the relativity of humanity and nature. This negative idea was called naturalism and suggests humans cannot overcome what nature has destined for them and that their relationship to nature may not be harmonious. Naturalism is a literary style that suggests that the environment, heredity and the forces of nature, which dictate the destiny and experiences of individuals, make it difficult for individuals to change their morality, social class and the physical violence of their ...

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was the first sign of her turning into her mother, and Maggie knew it. This caused her to begin losing hope, and then when Pete turned his back on her she lost all hope. With no hope, the environment forced her to what she set out not to become, a prostitute. Here Maggie could not come over the adversities and problems her environment forced on her, thus proving that she was weak and had no control, but was destined at birth to follow nature’s cycle for individuals in her environment that her mother had also followed.
Another incident in which the moral convention of naturalism is shown is when Pete turns his back on Maggie. He not only gives all hope up for her, but also ticks off her brother, Jimmie. Jimmie states, “Well how must the brothers of the woman I treat bad feel”(32). Jimmie thought of how his actions affected other people, but soon the nature of his environment takes control of him and he comes to the naive conclusion that it does not matter how women are treated as ...

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