Maggie close reading

Maggie, a naturalism novella, reveals the dark side of society by using strong scenes. This post mainly focused on chapter 17, page 984. The second edition of the book didn’t included this chapter because of it controversy. Nevertheless, the controversy powerful shows the complicity of Maggie demonstrating her revenge on verity of things by reversing the circumstance of herself. Describing Maggie as “a girl of the painted cohorts of the city” (984), the author demonstrates her change during only few month from a immaculate ignorant girl to a courtesan. Her horrible memory of Pete, the man who seduced her, evokes her reaction of “giving smiling invitations to men of rural or untaught pattern”(984) and the opposite of “usually seeming sedately unconscious of the men with a metropolitan seal upon their faces.”(984) On account of Pete pretending himself as a affluent gentle man, Maggie hopes to get out of her living condition by Pete. She never predicted a disaster would happens on herself. Maggie’s revenge on Pete and the society reflects the present situation. She probably lived in a rich life in evidence of her “handsome cloak”(984) and “well-shod feet”(984). However, it is also a fact how she drawn. Maggie steps on the “dryer spots upon the pavements”(984). The author uses metaphor describing the muddy pavements as the blundering society and depicting Maggie as the one stays on the dry side who eventually drawn herself in the mud. Maggie shows her lack of confidence by living as a debauched prostitute. Later in the passage when the “belated man in business clothes”(984) calls Maggie Mary. It emphasizes Maggie’s revenge on her mother by using her mother’s name as her prostitute pseudonym.