What does the street symbolize in Ann Petry's The Street?

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Heavily influenced by Richard Wright and his protest novels, Anne Petry's The Street deals with the urban condition of African Americans in the first half of the twentieth century. Petry adds a specific focus on a female black protagonist, thus enriching and complementing Wright's perspective. The title of the novel refers to the urban environment with which the characters have to fight against for their survival. The urban space features from the very title of the novel as the milieu where conflicts between the two races are played out and where African Americans try to preserve their communities and family ties.

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