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happyapple12 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2007 at 4:14 PM via web

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Is Mary Mahoney also is a victim or is she a villain?

Do you find mary maloney also sympathetic?

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cmcqueeney | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 29, 2007 at 9:50 PM (Answer #2)

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Mary Mahoney would fall into both categories, victim and criminal.  She is a happily married woman and she is pregnant - her husband then comes home saying he had an affair.  This makes her a victim of her husband's infidelity.  She becomes the criminal obviously when she kills her husband and feeds the evidence to the police.  I feel bad for Mary at the beginning because she believes life is perfect and her dreams are shattered, but the murder of her husband kills that sympathy because she is unaffected by it, making the reader wonder if she really loved him.

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