Hypocrisy In Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

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American Naturalism is one who studies and or writes about the human behavior according to their environmental surroundings. An example of one of the most well known American Naturalist writers is Stephen Crane. “Maggie: A Girl of the Streets” by Stephen Crane is a novel in which the author displays the trait of hypocrisy through the main characters. In this novel how does Stephen Crane use hypocrisy as an opposing force against Maggie by the main characters such as Jimmie, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson? Presented throughout the whole novel Crane writes not about how life should be, but as how it was. In the beginning of the novel Mr. Johnson splits up a fight between Jimmie and a couple other boys. “Here, Jim, git up, now while I belt yer life out, you damned disorderly brat.” (Crane 39) Mr. Johnson dislikes the idea if Jimmie getting into fights and threatens him to beat him up. This shows hypocrisy because he is doing exactly what he is telling him not to do by beating him up. He also shows hypocrisy when getting mad at Jimmie for his involvement in the fight since he is surrounded by violence with him and his wife at home. This also affects Maggie because she sees the way her father is acting and thinks its normal for him to be acting that way. Seeing this already gives her a different perspective of how a father should be. Mr. Johnson acting this way affects Maggie in a way that she will not be raised how she should be with a caring loving father. As stated by Ira Mark
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