Miss Strangeworth Character Analysis

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In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson the main character Miss Strangeworth lives on Pleasant Street in a town she calls her home. Miss Strangeworth is a seventy one year old lady who is passionate about tending to her roses that have been in her family for decades. Miss Strangeworth knows everyone in town and wherever she goes, she is always greeted by whoever she sees. Miss Strangeworth feels that because she is the matriarch of the town, it is her civil duty to protect her town from evil. To alert her town of immoral behaviour, she writes anonymous letters to people in her town who she feels needs guidance, but Miss Strangeworth’s idea of guidance is insensitive and cruel. Miss Strangeworth carries qualities of a…show more content…
Miss Strangeworth is an extremely censorious individual. She is judgemental of peoples actions in her town and believes that she needs to keep everyone in line, especially if they are acting a different way then Miss Strangeworth believes is correct. “ Didn’t you see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn't have children, should they?”(Sightline 252). Miss Strangeworth wrote this letter to Helen and Dan Crane because she didn't agree with their parenting skills, so to Miss Strangeworth they were wrong. Throughout the whole story, Miss Strangeworth showed symbols that related to her malicious ways and how she felt she was better compared to the rest of her town. A symbol in the story that relates how Miss Strangeworth feels empowered in her town, was when she would always write her cruel letters. Miss Strangeworth would write the anonymous letters in her trimmed quill pen, although she had a gold-frost fountain pen. This is a symbol because Miss Strangeworth feels as the people who she is sending these letters to are not important enough to her to use the gold pen. Miss Strangeworth feels as though she is superior to everyone and everyone else is insignificant. Throughout the story of “The Possibility of Evil”, there were a number of ironic occurrences. Miss
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