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The novel begins in New York City on a cold and windy day in November of The story begins with the main character, Lutie Johnson, looking at an apartment available for rent. Lutie has two strikes against her from birth.
She is black, and she is a woman. The women in the story show how their past experiences and current circumstances makes it virtually impossible for a black woman to ever achieve anything more than what they have managed to achieve. Lutie wants to get Bub away from Lil.
Bub is only eight years old and Lil has him lighting her cigarettes for her and she is giving him sips of gin. Lutie fears Bub will develop a taste for cigarettes and gin, and she also fears whatever else Lil might teach the young boy. While Lutie was working for the Chandler family she was gone for long periods of time.
Jim felt emasculated due to his inability to provide for his family and he took up with another woman to help rebuild his ego. The adult male characters in the story, whether white or black, show what little respect they hold for women.
They see the women as little more than sex objects. Lutie works really hard and eventually manages to pass a civil servant test, which enables her to get a white-collar job. The payment for the job is still low, and she and Bub are just barely able to survive.
She is trying to find a way to get her and Bub into a nicer neighbour so that she can raise the boy properly. However, she is losing her battles because of her skin color and her gender.
The reader is left contemplating whether Lutie ever really had a chance to achieve her goal or whether she was doomed for failure from the beginning. This section contains words approx.This detailed literature summary also contains Related Titles and a Free Quiz on The Street by Ann Petry.
The novel begins in New York City on a cold and windy day in November of The story begins with the main character, Lutie Johnson, looking at an apartment available for rent.
Plot summary Shifting between multiple perspectives, The Street uses extensive flashbacks to reveal its plot. Lutie Johnson has an eight-year-old son, Bub, to support.
The Street by Ann Petry is a novel about a woman, Lutie Johnson, who finds herself in this situation. The relationship between Lutie Johnson and the urban setting is established by the use of personification, imagery and characterization, in The Street by Ann Petry.
An overview and plot summary of Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad by Ann Petry. Part of a larger Study Guide by ph-vs.com Petry's IRS Tax Experts Howard Street, Suite #11 Omaha Nebraska. Ann Petry's The Street bears considerable resemblance to Wright's Native Son or Ellison's Invisible Man.
All three tell a tale of a young black person and their struggle to achieve more. All three tell a tale of a young black person and their struggle to achieve more/5. plot: Chapter opens with an extended description of the wind and its action upon the people still attempting to walk on the street.
She sees a sign for a three room apartment and interprets the wording of the sign to form a picture of the shortcomings of the apartment inside.