This text tries to combine the claims of Naturalism with the aesthetic categories beauty and ugliness. All the observations are based on the novella Maggie. A girl of the streets, written by the American author Stephen Crane. A brief theoretical introduction will be followed by a summary of the novella’s plot. I will then discuss whether or not it is possible to talk about beauty and ugliness in the specific case of the novella Maggie.

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by Lara Ehlis