Analysis/Evaluation Of “Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil”

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Analysis/Evaluation of the Novel OverviewSummaryA man from new York decides to vacation in Savannah, Georgia. In the short period of time he spends in Savannah, he becomes enthralled by his surroundings and ends up spedning the next eight years of his life learning about the secrets of Savannah, Georgia. We learn about the people that make up the intricate workings of Savannah. We learn about the attitude of the town as a whole and the attitudes of each person in the town individually. We are introduced to everyone living and dead that lives or lived in Savannah.We see the town put to the test when one of their elite is charged with murder. The trial begins a long two-year process of separating the town. True feelings emerge in some people and truths surface. The man convicted of murder stands his ground and fights a battle not only against the legal system, but also against a town that holds him responsible.When the man convicted of murder stands witness at his fourth trial for the case and is found not-guilty, the town seems to almost forget about the last two years and resumes it'' old way of life. The man continues with his life, never looking back at the circumstances that caused him to live the last two years in jail.It would seem that no matter what the town of Savannah, Georgia goes through, nothing would change the mentality of the town or the way the town lives their lives. They remain a stubborn and isolated group, not willing to allow outside influences to reach their inner workings.Textural AnalysisWhen you have an isolated town such as Savannah, Georgia, anything that transpires in the town causes an upheaval. But the murder trial that occurred in Savannah caused more of a personal conflict between people individually that with the town itself, although both affected each other.When Jim Williams was convicted of murder, the town divided itself with an invisible line. Although people were torn between believing and convicting Jim, there were only two parties that outwardly showed their feelings toward the matter and those feelings were of convicting Jim Williams no matter what it took. The rest of the town talked quietly amongst themselves, but dared not express their feelings outwardly.Jim Williams used these feelings to his benefit. While in jail he organized a party and invited people that once were his friends. Those who showed he knew he could trust and those who didn't, he knew would no longer be in his life when he was released. Jim knew that although he was spending time in jail he would soon be released and would continue to live his life the way he had before the conviction. He knew his life outside of jail consisted of a yearly party that...

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