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"The Possibility Of Evil" By Shirley Jackson

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In Shirley Jackson's "The Possibility of Evil", the title is not appropriate becauseof the pleasant setting of the story. This can be proved by the respect that Miss AdelaStrangeworth gave to the town and her nice as well as caring behavior towards the peoplein the town. Primarily, the setting of the story is calm and peaceful like a decent society.This can be proved by the ...view middle of the document...

Secondly, Miss Strangeworthshows respect to her town the same way that her grandmother used to. When MissStrangeworth says, " My mother tended them, just as I do" which clearly proves that shehas the same good feeling for the town like her grandmother. There is no harm and nopossibility of evil but instead it is being appreciated by Miss Strangeworth. Lastly, MissStrangeworth's behavior is nice and caring to the people in town. It is proved when MissStrangeworth walks down the street and says good morning and asks people's healthwhich proves that she has good feelings and emotions for other people. She asks abouttheir health, which clearly indicates that she, is a caring and loving woman. Inconclusion, the setting of the story, Miss Strangeworth's respect to her town and her niceas well as caring behavior effectively proves that there is no evil present in the novel andthe title The Possibility of Evil is not well-suited for the story.

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