Alger and Crane: Mythic Vs. Realist Essay
Crane's story is about a girl named Maggie who grew up in a life that would cause any person with feelings to have the utmost sympathy for her. To explain briefly; her brother was a roughneck in the community, her mother and father were alcoholics, a …show more content…
Crane really grasps the everyday stress that people endure. In Maggie, stress is seen in every thing that is done. One example is when Maggie is trying to assert some normality in the apartment by decorating it, her mother, in her drunken fits destroys everything. As we see here Maggie is trying to better her lifestyle but because of the stress of alcoholic parents it limits her ability to do so. This example allows us to identify with his characters on a more personal level because Crane sets up a scenario which every reader can relate to in the sense that there is some member of the family who resembles a character in his story.
The way he describes the stressful aspect of Maggies society also gives us a better understanding of the characters. It is almost as if you are watching a reality show. This gives us the ability, as readers, to find a comparison in our own life to feel what the character is going through. The neighbors who gossip about Maggie are a prime example of how everyday stress can impact your life. The neighbors' gossiping causes the mother to kick Maggie out because she believes her daughter is the devil because of the sin she has committed by engaging in