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The Possibility of Evil

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Meagan Ng

on 18 October 2013

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Transcript of The Possibility of Evil

The Possibility of Evil
This story is about the circularity of evil, that "what goes around, comes arounud". What mistake does the protagonist make? Why does she get a nasty letter herself at the end? How will her life and standing likely change in the community?
In the “Possibility of Evil”, Miss Strangeworth considers herself as a guardian deity of her town, watching over and extinguishing evil, even though she is creating it herself with her letters. Her biggest mistake in the story is mailing out her letters and not making sure they had been safely put into the post box. Leaving a letter behind on the ground to come back and bite her. When Dave Harris picks it up, he sees that it is addressed to Mr. Don Crane. He delivers the letter to him, telling him that Miss Strangeworth was mailing it out to him. When Mr. Crane receives the letter, he comes back and writes her a letter back anonymously. "LOOK OUT AT WHAT USED TO BE YOUR ROSES". All of her roses destroyed, symbolizing that her reputation was ruined in the town. Everyone now knew she was the culprit of the poison pen letters. “Our deeds determine us as much as we determine our deeds.” - George Eliot
4. You can infer that Miss Strangeworth mailed her letters after the post office closed because:
A. She was too busy during buisness hours
B. She wanted to avoid talking to the postal clerk
C. She wanted to be discreet about sending out the letters ♥
D. She wanted the letters to arrive early the next day
What is the purpose of the setting and atmosphere at the beginning of the story? How does the mood change at the end of the story?
The purpose of the setting and atmosphere at the beginning of the story is so that it starts off as a sweet story. Thinking that what you’re going to read is going to be about a sweet elderly lady in a town that her grandfather had built. Talking about her roses that she has carried on for generations. It helps to set you in a cheery mood but then dropping you into a shocking state. Little did you know that in the end the mood changes drastically into a chilling and eerie mood.
In a paragraph explain the symbolism of the roses and the character's names in the story.
The roses signify Miss Strangeworth herself. Just like a rose’s pretty petals, Miss Strangeworth appears to be a friendly elderly woman. Like a rose, they secretly have sharp thorns. It shows that Miss Strangeworth has had her sharp side as well. The roses disclose Miss Strangeworth in the end. Those being destroyed just like her reputation in the town is.
The name “Strangeworth” is a symbol that points out to the reader that she is different from everyone else in the story, in other words she is unordinary.
1. Miss Strangeworth didn't like to give away her roses because:
A. It bothered her to think of people wanting to carry them away ♥
B. She didn't like sharing
C. She knew that people wouldn't take good care of them and they would die
D. None of them above
What is Miss Strangeworth's motivation in sending her poison pen letters. What is she trying to accomplish?
Miss Strangeworth’s motivation in sending her poison pen letters is that she wants to
make the town a better place. She feels as if she is to watch over the town since her grandfather had started it. As if, she should keep up the good reputation of the town. She notices the strange behaviour from everyone and tries to help them see their obliviousness.
Literary Devices
Symbolism - The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities. An artistic and poetic movement or style using symbolic images and indirect suggestions to express mystical ideas, and emotions.
Point of View -
First Person: In the first person point of view, the narrator participates in the action of the story.

Omniscient: In omniscient, it means "all-knowing". The one who takes an omniscient point of view- can see and report everything.

Limited Omniscient: In limited omniscient, the narrator whos knowledge is limited to one character, either major or minor.
Meagan Ng, Malalay Habib, Lauren Fuerderer
2. What troubles Helen Crane about her baby daughter?
A. The cranes are spoiling the baby
B. The baby does not move around enough ♥
C. Helen's mother does not like the child
D. The child seems to cry all the time
3. The people who destroyed Miss Strangeworth's roses would most likely agree with the saying:
A. "A rose by any other name smells as sweet."
B. "An apple a day, keeps the doctor away."
C. "Easy come, easy go."
D. "An eye for an eye." ♥
5. What do you think Mrs. Foster will think after from the letter Miss Strangeworth wrote to her about her operation?
A. Mrs. Foster will die if she does not have the operation ♥
B. Mrs. Foster's nephew wishes she would drop dead
C. Dr. Burns can't afford his extravagant lifestyle
D. Dr. Burns is an incompetent surgeon with many unsatisfied patients.
Vocabulary
B. Appropriation
C. Proverbial
A. Shanties
True or False
1. T
2. F
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