She describe her being nosey when it says, "Miss Strangeworth stood by the door, opening her black pocketbook to take out the letters, and heard a voice which she knew at once to be Linda Stewart's. Poor little Linda was crying again, and Miss Strangeworth listened carefully. This was, after all, her town, and these were her people; if one of them was in trouble she ought to know about it." (Jackson). In this quote, Miss Strangeworth is hearing other people's conversation because she thinks that she needs to keep her town safe from evil.
What she means by “Sing you a lullaby where you die at the end” is she is going to poison and kill her kidnapper and break free from ‘The Big Bad Wolf’. The repetition is a sign of confirmation and empowerment that she is going to do what she says. The reader or listener has the sense of standing up for yourself is a good thing and not always for a good or bad reason. She also makes allusions to fairy tales and tales we knew as children. “Ashes, ashes, time to go down” makes a reference to the children's playground game “Ring around the rosies” signaling to the black plague, darkening the sense of death by showing that not everything is sweet and innocent, including death.
Lottie’s flowers were also a symbol of beauty to all of the ugliness around her it helped her believe that there was hope and even though everything was ugly around them something could be beautiful. But at the time Elizabeth could not see that she didn't understand the meaning until it was too late and they had been destroyed. On page 223-24 lines 362-54 she was telling us the meaning of the flowers and how she now knew why Ms. Lottie kept them in her yard against all of the ugliness. In the story the author what the author said about the marigolds she destroyed and what they meant to Ms. Lottie. The author said,” Whatever verve was left in her, whatever was of love and beauty and joy that had not been squeezed out by life, had been there in the marigolds she had so tenderly cared for.” So atlast she finally realised she understood what and why she had the marigolds in her yard even though by now it was too late because she had destroyed all of the beauty that was left in in those horrible
Irony is used in this story to express how generous and nice Miss Strangeworth may seem, but at the same time it shows just how evil a person can be. When Miss Strangeworth drops the letter, that's an example of situational irony. When Miss Strangeworth writes the letters to the people of the town, that's an example of verbal irony. When Miss Strangeworths roses are found destroyed with a little note, that's an example of dramatic
Everyone, at some point in their life, has encountered the injustices of stereotypes. Those suffocating labels that society places on individuals can dampen spirits and destroy dreams. John Steinbeck and Zora Neale Hurston explore the effects of such stereotypes in their poignant stories “The Chrysanthemums” and “The Yellow Mule,” respectively. Both main characters find themselves trapped in a box deemed appropriate for women. Steinbeck’s Elisa invests herself in her garden taking care of her beloved plants.
Honest, I do. / And I’d like to be a bad woman, too, / And wear the brave stockings of night-black lace/ And strut down the streets with paint on my face.” In the fourth stanza is Brooks sates she wants to be everything that her mother has been against. The narrator would like to be a bad woman too. These “bad” people are not repressed or made to come in at a certain time. These “bad people” are free.
People are fascinated by justice and injustice, whether you are mature or immature, to the degree that it could drive some people mad. The story, “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, tales the tale of one such women who had become so entranced by getting rid of evil by serving them justice, that she went rather delusional with what she had probably intended to do at first. That woman, Adela Strangeworth, was quite the prominent figure in her town and she felt she had to do something when she thought she sighted evil. However, she began to radicalize her views of evil and as such her sense of evil and how it should be punished greatly from denizens of the town. “The Possibility of Evil”, by Shirley Jackson, showcases how justice can
The gothic novel, were typically full of fantasy elements, and were hackneyed and repetitive. Whilst Austen wanted to defend the novel, she also wanted to show the ordinariness and the domestic gothic present in everyday life, especially the realities of abuse, and outbursts of violent outbursts, that were part of everyday life for many people, she also wanted to highlight the dangers of novels leading young impressionable girls astray by giving a false picture. Catherine Morland is that impressionable girl, she is sympathetic and naïve and is invited to spend some time away from home at the vulnerable
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?