In Lutie Johnson believes that all it takes is hard work to succeed, so when she finds an apartment in Harlem that she can move into with her son, Bub, she sees it as a step up.
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 and her son, Bub, have been living with Lutie's father and his girlfriend, Lil. 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.
Through a flashback to the Chandler's home in Connecticut, Petry reveals how Bub and Lutie have ended up without Jim, Lutie's husband and Bub's father. 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. Lutie's attempts to obtain financial stability are ultimately defeated in the final chapter. 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.The Street by Ann Petry 1. characters: Lutie Johnson Bub - Lutie's 8 yr.
old son Pop - Lutie's father, used to make liquor Lil - Pop's "raddled woman" Mrs. Hedges - woman in the window, wears red bandana, runs whorehouse. In this novel, The Street by Ann Petry, tells just how hard life can be on the streets of Harlem.
Reading Petry’s Novel, I mentally put myself in the shoes of, Lutie Johnson. Lutie is an African American woman who is also a single mother. Nov 08, · Anonymous said Chris Robinson The Street Analysis Shifting from setting the scene to the story of the main character in The Street, Ann Petry portrays the idea that even in the hardest of times, one should continue to push forward, even if the “wind [pushes]” them away, defining the creation of artful personification, dark imagery, and a cautious selection of detail.
The Street, written by Ann Petry and published in , follows Lutie Johnson, a single mother of a young boy named Bub, who moves into a new apartment in Harlem during the s. Despite the squalid conditions of the apartment, and the strange and even threatening behavior of the building’s superintendent, Jones, Lutie takes the apartment.
In The Street, by Ann Petry, Lutie and her son Bub, as well as most of the characters, are clearly portrayed as victims. Character Analysis of Lutie and Bub in Ann Petry's in the Street PAGES 2. WORDS 1, View Full Essay.
character analysis, ann petry. Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin. The Street (novel) Jump to navigation Jump to search. The Street ; First edition. Author: Ann Petry Petry's novel is a commentary on the social injustices that confronted her character, Lutie Johnson, as a single black mother in this time period.
Bub. Lutie fully subscribes to the belief that if she follows the adages of Benjamin.