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Character Essay- Ms. Strangeworth

Ms Adela Strangeworth is the protagonist and is as well as the antagonist from “The Possibility of Evil,” a short story written by Shirley Jackson. She is the kind of person that is secretly all within us. She has all the motives to be good intention but hurts others without meaning to, which is very common now a days. Ms. Strangeworth is a dainty 70 year old women who is often seen wearing a nice neat skirt so who would ever suspect her as “evil?” Strangeworth is a judgmental deep-rooted lady. Being well known amongst the townspeople because of her family, people sees her as someone who couldn’t possibly do something as insensitive as sending awful letters of judgment. She wrote a green letter to Mrs. Harper saying, Have you found out yet what they were all laughing about after you left the bridge club on Thursday? Or is the wife really always the last to know? Openly we both know that you would automatically think of something wrong but knowing the whole story without jumping the gun would be the accurate thing to do, rather than sending a spiteful letter that could make things a whole lot worst. She also comes across as prideful, throughout the story she takes so much pride of her rose bushes. She explains to everyone, even tourists about how she inherited this magnificent rose bush and the first house ever built on Pleasant Street by her grandfather. She believed that she deserved much appreciation, honor and gratitude from the people of the small town because of her grandfather. When they decided to put up a statue of Ethan Allen instead of her grandfather, she was dissatisfied and mumbled “but it should have been a statue of my grandfather. There wouldn’t be a town here at all if it hadn’t been for my grandfather and the lumber mill.”

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