What social or political issues are reflected in "The Possibility of Evil?"  

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In "The Possibility of Evil," Shirley Jackson touches upon a number of social and political issues. One of these is bullying and its impact on the victim. By sending her poison pen letters, Miss Strangeworth cruelly attacks the residents of her town. Mrs Harper, for example, is one...

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In "The Possibility of Evil," Shirley Jackson touches upon a number of social and political issues. One of these is bullying and its impact on the victim. By sending her poison pen letters, Miss Strangeworth cruelly attacks the residents of her town. Mrs Harper, for example, is one of Miss Strangeworth's victims and thorough Jackson's description, we see that bullying has had an effect on her appearance:

"Her hand shook slightly as she opened her pocketbook…Martha definitely did not look well."

In addition, Jackson also deals with the clash of values between different generations. This is shown most clearly through Miss Strangeworth's conversation with Helen Crane which illustrates a clash of values in the raising of children. Helen Crane is happy to spoil her daughter for instance, and let her develop at a natural place. In contrast, for Miss Strangeworth, this is a dangerous practice because it creates a child who grows up "expecting luxury all her life." 

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