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Character Sketch Of Miss Strangeworth: The Possibility Of Evil By Shirley Jackson (I Do Not Particularly Like This Essay, But Please Get Me To E Mail The Original To You If You Like It).

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A discussion of the character traits of a fictitious elderly woman named Miss Strangeworth will occur in this character sketch. Miss Strangeworth was an elderly woman, who was representative of her town?s history. She led a quiet public life, and was on friendly terms with most residents of her town. Unknown to these residents, Miss Strangeworth lived a double life. She was a friendly, grandmotherly figure in public; however, when she was out of the public?s eye, she became the author of unsettling letters based on assumptions. Proof will be provided from The Possibility of Evil that Miss Strangeworth possessed the character traits of self-consciousness, discreetness, and self-righteousness.Miss Strangeworth was self-conscious, which a character trait that a great deal of people can identify with. An example of Miss Strangeworth?s self-consciousness can be found in the last paragraph on page 225 that concludes on page 226. Miss Strangeworth had been writing a letter to the Cranes about their baby child. Upon the completion of the letter, the following narration illustrated Miss Strangeworth?s actions with faulty letters, ?She was pleased with the letter about the Crane baby. She was fond of doing things exactly right. When she made a mistake, as shesometimes did, she took the page to the kitchen stove and burned it at once? (225-226). One might think that this clearly proves Miss Strangeworth?s self-consciousness, because she burned any faulty letters. This can be interpreted as an action to mask failure, as nobody could possibly obtain the faulty letter without Miss Strangeworth delivering it to them. Miss Strangeworth was masking her failures from herself, which may better be summed up as self-denial. Miss Strangeworth?s self-consciousness allows for one to identify with her, because many people have exhibited actions of self-consciousness or self-denial when they made a mistake.In addition to allowing for identification with Miss Strangeworth through her self-consciousness, one might view Miss Strangeworth as being discreet. Evidence of Miss Strangeworth?s discreetness can be found in the second paragraph on page 227. Miss Strangeworth had completed the writing of her letters and was on her walk to...

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