Ann Petry Writing Styles in The Street

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Points of View

The Street is a classic example of Petry's naturalistic talent. Petry illuminates the anger, frustration, and resignation felt by Negroes during World War II.

The story is written in the third person omniscient point of view. Although Lutie is the main character in the novel, Petry provides powerful insight into the lives of Bub, Min, Jones, Mrs. Hedges, and Boots. Petry also provides the readers with a glimpse into the thoughts and emotions of other characters such as Mrs. Rinner. Each character's point of view weaves together with the others to better show what a devastating impact racism, poverty, and gender had during that timeframe.

The adult male characters in the story show what little respect they hold for women. They see the women as little more than sex objects. The women in the story show how their past experiences and current circumstances makes it virtually...

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