The main character then leaves the show and while he walks into the world, the director loses his entries life’s work. His plan absolutely backfires and only after the protagonist walks off the show does he realize what a mistake he’s made. In “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, the protagonist’s ignorance to the negative impacts she makes in her community backfire on her. When Miss Strangeworth of Pleasant Street send out letters to the people of her town, she makes snide, rude and unwittingly passive-aggressive remarks. These little notes make them question their life choices and causes the people to become confused and upset about the information they receive.
Mildred’s constant addiction to gadgets represents her denial towards her problems and the little desire she has towards a better life. Her ignorance is another of her great weaknesses since she lives in a world where her feelings don’t matter and is easily influenced by tv and propaganda which explains her obsess towards hair dye and a soap opera family, even when Guy tries to talk to her all she seems able to talk about is her “family”, he tries to talk to her into reading some of the books he has found but she’s just worried that Captain Beatty might show up and “burn the house and the ‘family’” and asks him “why should I read?” “what for?” (34, Bradbury). Mildred doesn’t understand what she’s feeling and therefore prefers little amounts of superficial happiness that only give her joy for a little while, instead of reading and exterminating her ignorance because she’s too afraid to understand what is really happening inside of
By all appearances, Miss Strangeworth is a sweet, old lady, living in a perfect, shiny, happy town. But appearances are not everything, especially in the case of Miss Adela Strangeworth of Pleasant Street. Miss Adela Strangeworth, a character in the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, is a 71-year-old spinster living in a small town in the 1940’s. At the beginning, she seems like any normal old lady, but it is quickly realized that this is not the case and that she has a dark side. Of the many traits that Miss Strangeworth possesses, the most prominent are her deceptiveness, perfectionism, and the god complex that has developed.
Madam Lockton and Isabelle from the book Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson are two very different people, but they also have similarities. Madam Lockton is known as a rude stingy selfish woman, treated very well. Isabelle Is a selfless nice humble girl. This story takes place in 1776 in New York when slaves were abused during the revolutionary war. One difference between Madam Lockton and Isabelle is selfishness.
One of her pieces that has been gaining popularity lately is the short story, “The Possibility of Evil.” It’s about an old woman named Miss Strangeworth, who lives in the Strangeworth house, built directly by her grandfather. Her grandmother planted several roses in the front yard, and now Miss Strangeworth treasures those roses. But, she becomes paranoid thinking that evil is lurking everywhere in her small town, As a result, she writes letters to the people in the town to abate evil, but this only causes them to hate each other. She never signs her name, so no one knows who’s writing the letters. Eventually, she drops a letter outside, and a boy delivers it to the address on the envelope.
Franny tries to play the role of a good girlfriend listening and paying attention to what her boyfriend Lane has to say, but there bickering at one other cause Franny to argue with Lane on how she hates people that are phoniness and just wants to fade into the background and be a nobody. Throughout the story Franny 's comments on how a person has to act a certain way because of the social standards that are set. She spends her time in the story abiding by the standers and commenting on them causing her to have an emotional breakdown. The Breakdown that she has connects to Shoshana Felman 's What Does a Woman Want? and Franny 's actions connect to Judith Butler 's Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.
Though in the Grimm Brother’s “Rapunzel” we see a somewhat justified reason for the witch’s actions, as Rapunzel was voluntarily traded into her care by her parents, she is still the evil character and appears to have very little control over her actions in the story as the “wicked stepmother” character never does (Williams 262). Rapunzel in her physical contrast is just as restrained in action, as the beautiful princess is bound to be, for she cannot “think, act, initiate…or question” (Dworkin 42). Though it can be argued that Rapunzel is one of the few who actually try to escape her imprisonment in several editions of the tale, she inevitably is still the innocent figure who waits for her prince to save her. There are a few instances of Rapunzel being active in some versions of the tale, escaping with the prince, learning magic from the witch, using magical items to delay the witch while she escapes or enlisting the help of the male figure to kill the witch (Getty 39-40). That being said, in the Grimm Brother’s version, and in many of the others, she is still only spurred into action by the prince and the end goal remains to be marriage.
Lear said awful things to his daughter about an evil child. At this point he leaves and then the next scene shows the daughters meeting and holding hands. They are allying one and another versus the king. They have the king where they want them. Lear is the one who cannot control people and other people are being very ratical with him.
Certainly it could be said that others may find the theme to be, how deciding to live a life by yourself can be very sad and can often lead to missed memories, joy, and fun times with friends. While this a reasonable point, it fails to be the best theme of the paper because during the story, the reader finds out Margot is strange, odd, a misfit, and does not have any friends among her classmates. Her classmates actually bully her instead. Although, when Margot got bullied, it was because she hid in her own shadows. When Margot arrived at Venus, joining her new classmates, she talked to them about the sight and feeling of what she called the sun.
In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson the main protagonist, Miss Adela Strangeworth demonstrates multiple traits of her complex personality through her actions, thoughts and the way she communicates. A couple of these traits that are significant to her character are insensitivity and masquerading. Imagine an insanely insensitive person who does not care how others feel. Miss Stangeworth’s unpleasant letters advocate her observations rather than facts or feelings. In a letter she writes anonymously to the Crane family saying “DIDN’T YOU EVER SEE AN IDIOT CHILD BEFORE?
The Possibility of Evil Miss Strangeworth got what she deserved. She hurt the people that she sent the letters to. So the people got revenge but cutting down her precious roses. Miss Strangeworth seems to be a sweet innocent old lady that loves her roses but at night she went incognito to write and deliver hate letters to the people in town telling them different things that are very offending and causes a lot of controversy in the town. Miss Strangeworth family has lived on pleasant street for generation.