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  • The Possibility of Evil
    Miss Strangeworth is a complex character. She believes it is her civic duty as the town's oldest resident and descendant of the town's founders to act as a sort of guardian of public morality. The...

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    In "The Possibility of Evil," Jackson uses foreshadowing to provide subtle clues about the conflict which will take place. In the opening of the story, for example, Jackson describes Miss...

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    Miss Strangeworth prides herself on pointing out faults in others. She is an elitist in this way. She thinks she has the moral authority to judge others and therefore, she thinks she is doing her...

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    Miss Strangeworth takes pride in knowing everyone in town. She takes pride in the fact that her family has been in this town for generations. She wants people to know (even tourists) that she knows...

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    One lesson the story teaches is that (some) people are duplicitous. In other words, they are "two-faced." Miss Strangeworth is kind to everyone's face but as soon as they are out of earshot, she is...

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    The epigram to the story provides the first example of foreshadowing: "Little do the townsfolk suspect, though, that the dignified old woman leads another, secret life...". Right from the start,...

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    It would appear that Miss Strangeworth does not understand her own motive or motives for writing her anonymous letters. She rationalizes that it is her civic duty to keep the citizens of her town...

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    Miss Strangeworth's town is clean, orderly and well-presented. In the opening paragraph, for example, a heavy night of rain has made the town look "washed and bright." On Pleasant Street, Miss...

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    Edgar Allan Poe has been called "the father of the modern short story." It was Poe who coined the term "single effect" in a review of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales. A skilful literary...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    The title of the story refers primarily to Miss Strangeworth's obsession with the morality of the people in her town. She believes it is her responsibility to watch for evil behavior in everybody...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    Miss Strangeworth has been writing her anonymous poison-pen letters for about one year and is getting a lot of enjoyment out of her new hobby. It would seem that she does not understand her true...

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    The main lesson about human nature we should derive from "The Possibility of Evil" is that we should not judge people by the personas they present. Miss Strangeworth seems to be a sweet, kindly...

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    Miss Strangeworth is a complex character. The entire story is actually about the difference between appearance and reality in this woman's character. On the surface she appears to be a kindly,...

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    While it may seem ironic due to Miss Strangeworth's hurtful behavior, both righteousness and purity are values she regards with utmost importance. Even though the things she writes to her...

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    While Miss Strangeworth is viewed as a sweet and elderly woman by the people in her community, she's actually anything but. If anything, Miss Strangeworth is bitter, judgemental, and cowardly. She...

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    Miss Strangeworth did not actually see any evil. She didn't even guess that anybody in the town was doing anything evil. She sensed that there was evil behavior going on in the town, and she saw...

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    Miss Strangeworth must seem like a reasonable person to everybody in her town, but we readers know she is really insane. There are several indications that she is insane. One is that she makes...

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    Miss Strangeworth has a dark secret. For the past year she has been writing anonymous letters to people in her town hinting that something bad may be happening in their lives which they are not...

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    Miss Strangeworth is proud of the fact that, in her seventy-one years of life, she has never been outside of this town for more than one day. She knows everyone in town and it follows that most...

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    Miss Strangeworth is obviously somewhat insane. This makes it hard to understand her motivation. She probably does not understand it herself. There are several plausible reasons why she writes her...

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    At the beginning of the story Miss Strangeworth is characterized as a sweet, kindly little old lady who lives a very simple life in a small town and who takes an interest in the welfare and...

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    Miss Strangeworth apparently does not understand how much trouble she is causing with her anonymous letters, nor does she seem to be aware of the real reason she is writing them. She tells herself...

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    Miss Adela Strangeworth writes her anonymous letters on various-colored papers and puts them in matching-colored envelopes. In the scene in the story in which she is writing three new letters,...

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    People in town generally think of Miss Strangeworth as a respected citizen. This is due to the reputation of Miss Strangeworth's family. At the beginning of the story, we learn that her grandfather...

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    Miss Strangeworth has been writing her anonymous letters for one year and creating many kinds of bad feelings in the town. On the day covered by the story she writes three more poison-pen letters...

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    Miss Strangeworth and Mrs. Harper know each other fairly well. They belong to the same bridge club and call each other by their first names, as they do when they happen to meet in the grocery store...

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    Generally, people in the town are fond of Miss Strangeworth and we can see this from their interactions with her. When she goes to the grocery, for example, she is instantly acknowledged by other...

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    When Miss Strangeworth goes to the post office to mail the three anonymous letters she had written earlier that day, she overhears part of a conversation between Linda Stewart and Dave Harris....

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    The story is told by an anonymous, omniscient narrator and almost entirely from the point of view of the protagonist Miss Strangeworth. This is established at the very beginning. Miss Adela...

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    The matter of Miss Strangeworth's reputation is an interesting thing to think about. The narrative voice in the story is omniscient, yet much of the time it seems almost as though the story is...

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    Miss Strangeworth is a female Jekyll and Hyde. She is generally considered a conservative, respectable woman and a distinguished citizen because of her old family name. She is respected, but not...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    In Shirley Jackson's short story "The Possibility of Evil," Miss Strangeworth is an elderly lady of the town who feels a moral obligation to warn other people of the potential evils that may befall...

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    Shirley Jackson's "The Possibility of Evil" is similar to her story "The Lottery." In both the mood begins on a tranquil, commonplace, everyday note and gradually becomes more ominous until it is...

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    The initial description of the setting is of an idyllic, small town. The sun is shining after a heavy rain the previous night. So, the town has a washed clean, pure aspect. "Miss Strangeworth took...

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    Miss Strangeworth's anonymous letters seem intended to create the impression in the recipients' minds that the matter is common knowledge and that one member of the community has decided to take...

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    When Miss Strangeworth is writing her anonymous letters she prepares three of them on different-colored sheets of paper and in matching envelopes. She addressed an envelope to Don Crane using a...

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    The title of the story "The Possibility of Evil" is a double entendre. Miss Strangeworth is obsessed with the possibility of evil in the citizens of "her town." Yet she doesn't realize that she has...

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    Miss Strangeworth feels that the town belongs to her and therefore that all the people are like tenants or vassals. She feels superior to all of them, and she gets special treatment from most of...

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    In "The Possibility of Evil," Miss Adela Strangeworth takes great pride in the contributions made to the town by her family. We see this most clearly in the second and third paragraphs when the...

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    The narrator does not specify how Miss Strangeworth is viewed by all the members of her community, but there are indications that she is generally well regarded. Walking down Main Street on a...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    Miss Strangeworth is spreading suspicion all over town with her anonymous poison-pen letters, but she thinks she is only being helpful and does not realize how much harm she is doing. When she goes...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    As the title of Shirley Jackson's story suggests, Miss Strangeworth is not actually lying, but only asking questions about the possibility of certain things happening. For example, she has written...

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    Miss Strangeworth notices that many people in the town seem disturbed, but she does not realize that her poison-pen letters are responsible for much of this disturbance. One of the earliest...

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    It can be argued that, in Shirley Jackson's short story "The Possibility of Evil," Miss Strageworth's roses symbolize the emotions Miss Strangeworth associates with a perfect, pleasant life.By the...

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    Miss Strangeworth's role as the story's antagonist is illustrated at several points in the story. It is first demonstrated, for example, when Miss Strangeworth talks with Miss Chandler, the...

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    Miss Strangeworth has lived in this unnamed town all her life. She was seventy-one, Miss Strangeworth told the tourists, with a pretty little dimple showing by her lip, and she sometimes found...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    Miss Strangeworth has lived in this town all her life. She knows everybody in the town, and she also knows a lot about everybody in the town. One of her reasons for greeting people is to pick up...

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  • The Possibility of Evil
    Miss Strangeworth's reputation in Shirley Jackson's story The Possibility of Evil is revealed through a series of awkward encounters she has with her fellow townsfolk. When Jackson's story begins,...

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    The title refers to the possibility of evil occurring in Miss Strangeworth's town. At the start of the story, the name of the protagonist immediately gives one pause. We are led to question why the...

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    Miss Strangeworth quite obviously is an old woman who has nothing to do all day except to spend a little time with her cherished rose bushes. She shows how she has to find ways to fill up time when...

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