The Street Ann Petry Analysis

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In the passage from The Street, Ann Petry describes the cold november wind discouraging people from walking outside in the city. The wind blows throughout the city and teases the people it finds. Petry later introduces Lutie Johnson, a new comer in the city. She fights the wind to find a suitable place with three room. The harsh nature of city life is represented through the teasing wind and Lutie Johnson’s fight against it. In the beginning of the passage, the wind on 116th street goes through “[rattling] the tops of garbage cans” and flapping window shades. The wind does seemingly meaningless actions to disturb the people in the city. The wind also drives “most of the people off the street” with its “violent assault”. The wind’s assaults…show more content…
The sign’s “original coat of white paint” is streaked with rust from the rain and snow. The image of corrosion from the city conditions indicates that the city life corrodes people’s will. The image also displays how Lutie Johnson might end up in the city as her confidence and comfort is taken away by the wind and the city. The sign also has a “dark red stain like blood”. The vivid color of red indicates the severe effects that the city has on people. In earlier parts of the passage, there are “chicken bones and pork-chop bones” that are left along the curb. The image of bones combined with blood indicates that the city can both physically and mentally kill a person with its harsh conditions. The wind strengthens the chaotic image of the city by blowing old envelopes and newspapers so the papers dance in the air. The papers and bones left on the street creates an empty and dark image of the city. Although the city is a deadly and dark place that discourages people from entering it, Lutie Johnson manages to read the sign at the end. After reading the sign she concludes that the rooms are “reasonable”. After the fight against the cruel wind, Lutie Johnson only achieves a small victory that is “reasonable”, not “great”. The small reward that does not match the effort that Lutie Johnson used illustrates that despite how hard a person works, the city can only offer small
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