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English 2D1-03 Conference: "The Possibility of Evil"

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Cloie Vistan

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Transcript of English 2D1-03 Conference: "The Possibility of Evil"

"The Possibility of Evil" By Shirley Jackson Question One Explain the various ways Shirley Jackson creates a positive image of her main character in the beginning of the story. Support your findings using quotations from the story, integrating the quotations into the body of your text. Shirley Jackson (the author) creates a positive image of Miss Strangeworth in several ways, Miss Strangeworth seems welcoming and polite For example, "Walking down Main Street on
summer morning, Miss Strangeworth
had to stop every minute or so to say
good morning to someone or to ask
after someone's health" (Jackson 223). Question Two "Mrs. Strangeworth never bothered about facts" (page 226). In a supported opinion paragraph, explain why this is an important piece of information for the reader to know. Miss Strangeworth seems sociable and concerned. Miss Strangeworth lives a pleasant lifestyle. in the beginning of the story, Shirley Jackson
interprets Miss Strangeworth as a friendly and reliable elderly citizen. However, by the end of the story, the readers realize this image does not hold true. This quote from the text is important
for readers to be informed of because it
indicates to the readers that she is: Ms. Strangeworth wants to keep Therefore, "She broiled her little chop, and had a sliced
tomato and a good cup of tea ready when
she sat down to her midday dinner at the table
in her dining room" (226). "Some of the children
stood back respectfully
as Miss Strangeworth
passed and some of
the older ones greeted
her, saying 'Hello Miss
Strangworth. " (227). mysterious and suspicious judgemental and opinionated "She had been
writing her letters
sometimes two or
three every day for a
week, sometimes
only once in a month
for the past year.
She never got any
answers, of course,
because she never
signed her name"(226). Question 3 a) What do the roses symbolize in the story? The roses gave her motivation
to protect the town from evil. There are numerous symbolic meanings
behind Miss Strangeworth's roses. The roses symbolize the remains of
Miss Strangeworth's family roots. The roses represent her peacefulness. The delicate beauty of the rose represents her innocence yet the thorns display her unknown evil. it is essential for the readers to know "Miss Strangeworth never bothered about facts" (226) because it foreshadows the consequence of her suspicious and insensitive actions later on. For these reasons, Thus, the rose supports many different representations in the story. Considering the significance of the roses to Miss Strangeworth, cutting down the roses is an effective revenge because .. Miss Strangeworth's mother Miss Strangeworth b) Referring to this symbol, explain why cutting down the roses is such an effective revenge. The roses were the only memory she had left of her family. "My grandmother planted these roses, and my mother tended them, just as I do. I've watched my town grow" (223). The roses are the only connection she has to the town that encourages her to "keep away evil." The destruction of her well-tended roses give her a "taste of her own medicine" and affects a part her own identity. Hence, the destruction of Miss Strangeworth's roses is a successful revenge to teach her a lesson. Question 4 Having read the story, explain why
"The Possibility of Evil" is an appropriate title. "The Possibility of Evil" is
an appropriate title because: As well as in the story, nobody expects to encounter any evil in the world. Not only could there be evil in her town,
but there is also a possibility of evil in her. "Peace is broken" and "evil takes over"when the roses are cut. "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" (228).
"The Possibility of Evil" is a suitable title for the story
because it represents both the problems of Miss Strangeworth
and the town, as well as the issues around the world. As a result, Mr. Haraschuk's Class ENG-2D1-03: Short Story Conference Wednesday September 26, 2012 By: Cindy Tran Cloie Vistan Valerie Tomassetti Melissa Bacchus The End "She heard a voice which she knew at once was 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" (227). for example: "But, as long as evil existed in the world, it was Miss Strangeworth's duty to keep her town alert to it. There was so many wicked people in the world, and only one miss Strangeworth left in town" (226). "There's so much evil in people. Even in a charming little town like this one, there was still so much evil in people" (227). "The roses belonged on pleasant street and it bothered Miss Strangeworth to think of people wanting to carry them away, to take them into strange towns and down strange streets" (223).
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