Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets - Innocence Vs. Experience

It is believed that the world exists in two fashions, innocence and
experience. Neither can exist without its opposite. Innocence is where
humans begin, and they must pass through experience on their way to heaven.
One figure from turn-of-the-century literature are prime examples of
innocence lost which characterize this idea. Maggie, author Stephen
Crane's main character in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets is a soul whose
story shows the trauma of the loss of innocence through experience. This
story can be used to develop the polarity of innocence and experience.
Stephen Crane's Maggie is allowed no such Heaven. Her traumatic
experience ends in her death without redemption. ...

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of experience,
driving his horses through the city and trampling any innocence upon which
they come. He cannot understand how Maggie could possibly remain innocent
surrounded by the filth of his world. Maggie seeks only escape from the
Bowery but doesn't wish to become as her family. She latches onto Pete as
a symbol of maturity and success who can both appreciate her innocence and
incorporate her into his experience. Pete is at first attracted by her
purity but eventually abandons her for Nell, a figure who, like Mamie,
speaks fluently and dresses accordingly. Without Pete to lead her out of
Bowery life Maggie is lost and, ironically, becomes alienated even by her
own family because of her imagined experiences. Maggie actually
becomes experienced but not in the sense her family thinks. The trauma
which is her experience is when she is tossed aside by Pete and her family
and forced to wander the streets; she finally loses her innocence.
Crane's story ends with ...

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