Literature Essay

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In The Possibilities of Evil Shirley Jackson uses the plots ironic ending to highlight the stories message of evil and revenge. Miss Strangworth lives in a small town, on Pleasants street. Her grandfather was the founder of this town, and she cherished it. Jackson, author of The Possibilities of Evil creates irony that keeps you at edge. In The Possibilities of Evil symbolism has a great important. She uses symbols to create a different view and to hint at the outcome of the story. For example, the roses that Miss. Strangworth absolutely adores, is a symbol of her. People come from all around and envy them, and they’ve been in her family for generations. The roses look so sweet and prefect, but they all have thorns. This represents Miss. Strangworth’s sweet appearance but her thorny -evil- inside. The next symbol Jackson uses is Miss. Strangworth’s name. Her name creates almost like a second identify because she’s described as this sweet women at first, and her name just doesn’t match up. It gives you a hint at who this woman really is. An example of situational irony is when Jackson describes the whether. At the beginning of the story she says, “The sun was shining, the air was fresh and clear...” This creates irony because you’re starting off the story with a happy beginning. A good setting makes you think only good is going to happen. This also makes you think that Miss. Strangworth won’t be a bad character. But it quickly switches on you and turns out to be the complete opposite. Another example of Irony is when Miss. Strangworth writes the letter to the Lewis’s. In This letter her evil comes out, “Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before?” When the little boy finds the letter on the ground, not knowing what information was in it. He took it to the family for them to read. Also when they write the letter back “Look what happened to your roses”creates a

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