The Stranger That Everyone Knows: A Character Analysis of Shirley Jackson’s Miss Strangeworth When you are taking care of roses you always need to watch out for the thorns, this is also true when you are dealing with people. Miss Strangeworth, a character in the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, who is a complex character that is fond of taking care of her roses and helping people in the town. Because Miss Strangeworth is a deceptive, narrow minded lady with a God complex, her style of help is very strange. The Stranger That Everyone Knows: A Character Analysis of Shirley Jackson’s Miss Strangeworth When you are taking care of roses you always need to watch out for the thorns, this is also true when you are dealing with people. Miss Strangeworth, a character in the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, who is a complex character that is fond of taking care of her roses and helping people in the to wn.
“A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner and “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson have both created characters in which they display evil. Emily Grierson and Adela Strangeworth have different wishes of outcome, when it comes to what they have done, but yet are still quite similar. Both stories take place in rather small, quiet towns, where it doesn’t seem that most others are aware of what these women do. Both Emily and Adela’s similarities and actions display their possibility of evil. Adela Strangeworth writes negative notes, accusing people of things, that she has no real evidence of.
In the play, loyalty falls far below self selfishness in the face of mass hysteria. Abigail seems like an innocent girl to everybody however it is later found out that she is one of the people who puts herself before others and makes things worse to get herself out of trouble. In act one Reverend Hale was questioning Tituba, a slave from Barbados. Tituba was explaining what the dancing and the disturbance in the woods and Abigail says she “wasn’t conjuring spirits”(Miller ??) but in reality she was caught attempting to cast a spell on Elizabeth.
Phoeby confirms to Janie that she is being gossiped about even though Janie tells her that it doesn’t really matter what other people think about her. Phoeby worries that “Tea Cake” took her money and found a younger girl. Janie rebukes this. However, she does tell Phoeby that “Tea Cake” is gone. “Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done, and undone," and soon afterwards she notices a bee pollinating a flower and believes that this is representative of love.
It was written when Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes was in difficulty and she was suffering with depression.We are given an insight into the her inner feelings and trouble. She uses dark, disturbing and graphic imagery which reflects her mind at the time she was writing the poem. The state she describes is almost terrifying. The description of the poppies in the opening lines is positive. However, the description of the poppies’ become negative as we see that the bright red colour of the poppies swaying in the wind.
There are contrasting opinions about Cathy Ames within the characters from Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, some of which are her neighbors whom she left them behind with "a scent of sweetness” (Steinbeck; Ch. 8); then there are other characters who thought of her as an inhuman monster who manipulates to do evil and destroy someone’s life. Her beauty does not reflect her actions, making her an innocent illusion, sugar coated, with despicable sprinkles, and poisonous filling. She mostly has evil intentions behind every - even good - action. Cathy can be nice and do good actions, but only with a selfish reason behind it, which shows how Steinbeck portrayed distorted evil in a woman and how this façade is all revealed and hated.
After reading Hibben’s critique I agree with the statements she makes. Hibben’s talks about how Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship was different from the others. When Janie was with Mister Killicks she didn’t care about his “land, and his sagging belly, and his toenails that looked like mules’ feet,” she wanted love not material things. Janie wasn’t pleased with all the nice things she could obtain from marrying Mister Killicks, she was looking for the happiness love would give her, not what Killicks had. This can also explain why Janie ran away with Joe Starks.
In the beginning, Hester attempts to prove that she does not care about what other people think, but later becomes paranoid and wants to escape from being the product of wrongdoing that the town perceives her as. In the Market-Place, the Puritan women anticipate outside the prison pretentiously and viciously converse about Hester Prynne, forcing Hester to wear the “A” without fear as a cover for her refusal to accept her fate of adultery. Hester, a woman of pride and beauty, emerges from the prison. One woman mentions, “But she, ––the naughty baggage, ––little will she care what they put upon the bodice of her gown! Why, look you, she may cover it with a brooch, or such like heathenish
They would rub dandelions on their chins to see if there was any dust, and if there was then they were in love. This was unusual in their society but she wanted to be herself no matter what. “...I tell them that sometimes I just sit and think. But I won't tell them what.” (Bradbury, 20). In this she says she thinks about things but won't tell anyone what.
Hawthorne puts the rosebush there to symbolize the beauty in the darkest of places. The rosebush is a reminder of Hester and how even though it is put in a bad spot it’s beauty cannot be taken away. It can also be seen as a symbol of Hester because it stand alone away from everyone else like Hester being shunned by the puritan society. Hester is also a romantic symbol by the way she doesn’t comply to the way of the puritans and rises above them. Hester evens embraces her A on her chest and turned it into a symbol of her good will.