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The possibility of evil

english project semester 1 2012
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Shanna Gardiner

on 24 October 2012

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Transcript of The possibility of evil

The Possibility
of Evil Shirley Jackson Plot Conflict Irony The Possibility of Evil By Shirley Jackson By Shirley Jackson The Possibility of Evil By Shirley Jackson This story is told from the omniscient
third person point of view We know this because the author uses he, she, they, etc in her writing She was born in December 14,1916 and died on August 8th 1965 She was a popular American author.
One of her most famous short stories
was "The Lottery" She loved to write
stories about horror and
mystery Shirley was also well known for the novel she wrote called
The Haunting of Hill House This novel was then turned into a popular movie called The Haunting This story is about an old woman named Miss Adela Strangeworth. She has lived in a little town her whole life. In fact, some may say Miss Strangeworth's ancestors started the town. Miss Strangeworth loves her little town and believes that her roses and her family are a legacy within the town, and she plans on keeping it that way. So she decides to send anonymous letters to people in the town making them aware of the evil surrounding them. Little does she know, these evil letters came back to haunt her. Introduction The reader see the pleasant little town
that Miss Strangeworth lives in
and one gets a hint as to who Miss Adela
Strangeworth really is. Rising action When the reader sees Miss Strangeworth starts
to write the letters exposing the possibility of evil
to people within the town. Miss Strangeworth goes to mail the anonymous letters. Climax The reader realizes that Miss Strangeworth
had dropped one of her letters and that it is only a matter of time before she gets caught. Miss Strangeworth then receives a letter and her precious roses have been destroyed One could also argue that this story is character verses society. This is because Miss Strangeworth was trying to inform the little town of the evil around them in hopes that they would change their ways and conform to her idea of a perfect little town. This story also has character verses character. The
reader knows this because Miss Strangeworth is disrupting the lives of other character's in the story. A great example of the character verses character conflict is at the end when Don Crane gets back at Miss Strangeworth by ruining her roses Character Central character:
Miss Adela Strangeworth Personality: Miss Strangeworth seems like a sweet old woman in her appearance but she is cocky and believes that she runs the town. She likes to get involved with other people's business and make assumptions about other people. She feels as though she is upper class. The reader does not really know if Miss
Strangeworth changes her ways because the
story seems to end at the climax. The reader
knows her initial reaction but not how she
deals with the situation "If she had been asked, she would have said that her
name, Adela Strangeworth, a name honored in the town for so many years, did not belong on such trash." "But the town was proud of Miss Strangeworth and her roses and her house. They had all grown up together." Theme The theme of this story is that one should not
go searching for evil within people. Theme statement: You shouldn't waste your
time looking for evil in someone, instead look
for the good and advertise that instead. There are many examples of irony in
this story. An example of dramatic irony in this story is when Miss
Strangeworth drops one of her letters and she doesn't notice. The reader knows that she dropped it and that i is only matter of time before she is caught. An example of situational irony is when Miss Strangeworth believed that her letters would help
defeat the evil within the town when actually she was just creating more evil within herself. An example of verbal irony is when the author says that "She was pleased with the letter. She was fond of doing things exactly right...." She is stating that what she was doing was right when in fact she was creating chaos which was not right at all. Symbol A symbol in this story is Miss Strangeworth's roses.
The represent Miss Strangeworth because roses are very beautiful and elegant on the outside, but when you get closer you see the thorns that can be harmful if touched. The roses are like Miss Strangeworth because she looks like a nice old woman who knows everybody but when you get closer you can see the destruction that she is causing. Also the roses represented the family's legacy
in the town. When the roses were destroyed so
was her family's legacy Atmosphere Another example of irony in this story is at the end when she finds out that her roses had been destroyed. This is ironic because she had been creating destruction in other people's lives by accusing them of evil and now the evil had returned to her and destroyed one thing that meant the most to her. Her rose garden. The atmosphere in this story comes
off as very pleasant and cheerful in
the beginning, but then turns into
uncertainty between people because of the letters that are being sent around. This story takes place in a small town,
where everyone knows everyone else.
It seems old and picturesque. Shirley Jackson was a writer from a very young
age. She started writing short stories and poems
as a teenager and she continued writing after she
finished college. It is said that Shirley took a year off from working and school and wrote at least
1000 words per day. Shirley married Stanley Hyman
a literary critic. She produced many great short stories such as "The Lottery" and "The Summer People." Shirley then wrote a novel called The Haunting of Hill
House. She had won many award for
her amazing pieces of work such as the Edgar Allan
Poe award. Shirley had an amazing passion for writing this is why she was able to write a great, engaging story such as "The Possibility of Evil." By Katie, Yumi, Rachel and Shanna "The sun was shining, the air was fresh and clear after the nights heavy rain, and everything in Miss Strangeworth's little town looked washed and bright." "She knew everyone in town, of course; she was fond
of telling strangers-tourists who sometimes passed through the town and and stopped to admire Miss Strangeworth's roses-that she had never spent more than a day outside this town in all her long life." "She was pleased with the letter. She was fond of doing things just right." "She began to cry silently for the wickedness of the world when she read the words: LOOK OUT AT WHAT USED TO BE YOUR ROSES." Protagonist: Miss Adela Strangeworth Nobody knows who to trust anymore
and its caused the people in the town
to take extra caution in their everyday
activities.
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