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Relishing The Ambrosia Of Hope In Stephen Crane´S Bowery In Maggie: A Girl Of The Streets

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At the bed of the deepest ocean, exist a distinguished sect of people. They live with no warmth or light, in the darkest, most nefarious pit of the world. They eternally drown. An occult force leisurely sips their souls, relishing every drop. It savors the thin and sweet nectar of innocence as it fluidly streams down its throat, appeasing its taste buds but never quenching the crave for more. This mystic being extracts the cherubic innocence of a child’s laughter before it even has the chance to dance upon their lips. However, it lives within the souls of the children; it is engraved in their bones, an intrinsic quality passed from generation to generation. It works from the inside to turn every person against one another, to make them fight for a life of wealth and happiness. Little do the victims know that it does not matter whether they attain the life they strive for. The battle is only an illusion. Whether they reach this fantasy or not, they will live a life devoid of any happiness or love, for the demon within will continue to imbibe their joy. It will mercilessly consume this sweet nectar until it pilfers every drop. This ambrosia is the only hope for the victims of Stephen Crane’s Bowery in Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. Once this hope has disappeared, the victims of his Bowery are condemned to a life of addiction and desperation. The lurking beast’s existence and power is unknown to the rest of the world. There is no way to save its victims because their destitution is invisible to those who hold the ability to lift them from the seabed. There is no way to save these pitiable victims from the depths of the ocean, for the evil spirit that lurks within their souls is too strong for anyone to surmount. Crane unleashes the belief of Naturalism in its sheerest form through the creation of his Bowery; he uses his miserable and impoverished characters as a vehicle to expose the way such victims are incapable of rising from the foul culture in which they have been rooted.
The Bowery is unfamiliar with the concept of morality. Such is the situation because parents fail to instill a sense of right and wrong in their children. Without building the base for the building, which would be their child’s ethical outlook, parents try to make a skyscraper. They threaten children with stories and gibe about the devil and hell, but they do not realize that their children have no perception of the opposite side, God and purity. They cannot appreciate the darkness of the devil without understanding the beauty of God and religion. In the Bowery, inhabitants possess a warped sense of religion that fails to offer truth and sanctuary. Instead, religion is just a word for these people; they throw it around without understanding what it is and why it exists. The victims of the Bowery have no pure sense of untainted religion. They do not see that God teaches humans to practice ethic and to love others; without this fundamental comprehension, it is impossible for...

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