Can "Lispeth" be described as "chilling?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In many respects, "Lispeth" can be seen as chilling.  On one hand, the coldness with which the Christian missionaries act in terms of navigating the reality of her feelings towards the Englishman and the social perception it will create is chilling.  While they speak of pure love and the love from the divine as everlasting, the Christians seem to be manipulating Lisbeth into their own appropriation of the world which is a self- serving one.  Lisbeth fails to see her own manipulation and the fate she suffers as a result is chilling. Another chilling element is how Lisbeth ends up decaying from a beauty with hope and innocence to one who is jaded and subject the ravages of time and human deceit.  Finally, it becomes a bit chilling to see the ease with which the Christian missionaries feel that Lisbeth has become a "savage."  There is no reflection and rumination as to their own culpability in her fate.  Rather, there is a social stigma and discriminatory attitude attached to what she does as a response to their own cruelty.  The quick and stark manner in which individuals betray one another becomes a major part of the narrative and is one that is quite chilling.


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