Miss Strangeworth tries to wear an innocent mask, but actually she is cruel. Jackson uses symbolism to support the theme of “The Possibility of Evil” by naming the main character Miss Strangeworth. The name Strangeworth demonstrates that the character is unordinary. Miss Strangeworth is different from everyone else because she writes cruel letters that are based on gossip, not facts. For example she writes, “HAVE TOU FOUND OUT YET WHAT THEY WERE ALL LAUGHING ABOUT AFTER YOU LEFT THE BRIDGE CLUB ON THURSDAY?
The town doctor pronounce the girls bewitched after examination, which sent the town into frenzy. Residents even began to accuse their neighbors of being witches to acquire their land. The first three accused women were “women with few defenders.”: Sarah Goode, a poor woman known to beg for food; Sarah Osborne, a woman known for having an affair with her indentured servant and not going to church services; and Tituba, Parris’s slave. Once the frenzy started, it did not take long for greed and jealousy to come into play. The greed of one man in particular was what fostered the trials most.
This is why I strongly believe that no person is truly evil. I think that everyone is a good person but we all have an inner darkness deep inside us. When that darkness comes out to the world and humans do things that they are not proud of, it does not make them evil people, it just shows that we all have our own flaws and nobody is perfect. All people make mistakes and bad decisions throughout their lives, this is what makes us human. I believe that even though people make mistakes and make bad decisions it does not make them an evil person.
It is obvious because of what we have read in the book about of Abigail Williams and the girls accusing the people in the town as devil worshipers or witches. A good example of the beginning of hysteria was when Tituba starts naming people who have “written in the devils book’, she was then praised for outing them and was told she was doing God’s work. This made Abigail believe that was a good way to out of trouble, and she also starts naming random names. Then the other girls see this and begin doing what she does and by the end of that act all the girls have caught on and are hysterically crying out any name that comes to mind. Another example of hysteria besides the group of girls going around pointing fingers, were the hangings of many respected men and women who were being accused of operating with the devil by other towns
T. Ray then tells Lily that one of Rosaleen’s attacker is considered the towns worst racist and that he would kill Rosaleen even if she does apologize. At home T. Ray makes a comment about how Deborah had already left Lily when she came home and was killed, and to just grab her things, not Lily. Even though that comment really hurt Lily she did not believe that that’s why her mom came back. She soon notices that the bee jar is empty, and she realizes that she needs to escape her own jar meaning to run away. On their way to Tiburon a black man driving a truck of Cantaloupe picks them up.
The women in Eyam experiencing the plague in 1666 use their abilities to benefit the health of the community, and understand to keep the townspeople “above the ground” they must take action, while the men take a back seat through the plague and hope for the best. Instances like these are demonstrated a number of times through the two central women in the novel, Elinor and Anna, such as when they use herbal medicine resources in attempt to fight the effects of the plague to help the townspeople. Although at first Anna only came to the Gowdies for herself, “I came here not seeking herbs to help others. Only myself”, her admiration for Elinor and her willingness to learn causes her to cascade into the depths of finding a way to help others. Both Elinor and Annas ingenuity of thinking about helping the whole community to become stronger only reassures the audience of their dependability and kindness in such times when others need help.
During the time period in which Shakespeare wrote Macbeth, women were uneducated, they were forced to act submissively and never express their opinions. Shakespeare, by using several female characters, particularly the Three Witches with powerful roles, made a complete turnaround from the norm as he went against expectations for the time period. One of the first examples of this is in Act 1 Scene 3 when one of the witches reveals that she has been ‘killing swine’ this contradicts the way women should have behaved during the 1600s as they were perceived to be kind, caring creatures. This is one of the commonest charges brought against supposed witches in Shakespeare's day was that they maliciously killed by pestilence, or the evil eye, the domestic animals of those they had a grudge against. The fact that this is some of the first activity from the witches gives us an insight into the masculinity that the witches hold.
Miss Gee - W. H. Auden In the poem ‘Miss Gee’ Auden tells the story of the character Miss Edith Gee this is achieved in a number of ways. Auden has created a regular pattern of quatrains, as well as creating a regular rhythm at the same time, which creates the overall atmosphere of a story for the reader. The initial reaction to this poem is that you feel sympathetic towards Miss Gee. “Does anyone care that I live on Clevedon Terrace on one hundred pounds a year?” This shows that she wants to be noticed and not be this lonely little woman no longer, as she is constantly referred to, and that she wants to change for the better. Also through Miss Gee’s dialogue of her mentioning that she lives on “one hundred pounds a year” you feel even more sympathetic towards her as that is very little money to live on for a year, and that she is living like a poor person.
Like the bees trapped in the jar, Lily feels she is stuck in impossible circumstances that she will never be able to free. Lily “…watched as they orbited the space in the jar, around and around like they’d miss the exit” (Monk Kidd 26). Her observation about the bees makes her realize that her situation will not to improve, like the bees, so she has to take matters into her own hands. This epiphany leads Lily to run away from her father with her African American housekeeper, laying out conflicts throughout the rest of the book. Another important aspect bees symbolize is human society.
Alienation in Katherine Mansfield’s “Miss Brill” In Katherine Mansfield’s short story, “Miss Brill,” we as readers are confronted with the idea that fantasizing can alienate a person from the world or society and can make us lonely. “Miss Brill” displays this alienation through her fantasies of being youthful, having companions, and being important. Miss Brill visits the park and fantasizes her entire life so much that she doesn’t notice she has grown old alone. Miss Brill always speaks to her only friend, her fur stole, so much that she hasn’t thought to make any other friends. Miss Brill fantasizes so much about being important and that ”somebody would [notice] if she [wasn’t] there” (135), that she didn’t realize what the community actually thinks of her.