Betrayaling In Jackson's The Possibility Of Evil By Shirley Jackson

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Many parents or adults try to teach or guide loved ones out of being caring, although, this can cause people to unknowingly discourage or hurt those they are trying to help. In “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, Miss Strangeworth tries to eliminate all the evil within her town but betrays her town by being the cause of the evil. In “The Fall of a City” by Alden Nowlan, Teddy’s Uncle makes fun of Teddy for using his imagination by playing with paper dolls. Miss Strangeworth and Teddy’s Uncle guides the townspeople and Teddy out of love, however, this affects the townspeople and Teddy negatively which leads to betrayal; thus, they both attempt to regulate the townspeople and Teddy but are ironically being evil themselves and affect …show more content…
For instance, the townspeople felt betrayed by Miss Strangeworth because they knew her as the friendly old lady who “knew everyone in town”, she always “had to stop every minute or so to say good morning to someone or to ask after someone’s health”(223). Moreover, when she sends hurtful letters to the townspeople, she never “bothered about facts; her letters all dealt with suspicion” and they feel indifferent about Miss Strangeworth’s letter (226). This displays how the townspeople know her as, but they feel betrayed because she seems like a completely different person when they find out about her letters. However, Miss Strangeworth felt “as long evil existed in the world; it was … [her] duty to keep her town alert to it”, and “This was, after all, her town, these were her people; if one of them was in trouble she ought to know about it.”(226, 227). In fact, Miss Strangeworth sends these letters to the townspeople out of care. Thus, Miss Strangeworth feels that the town would be safer if she gets rid of the evil, which tells the audience she sends the letters purely for the good of the …show more content…
Moreover, Teddy’s uncle impugns him for playing with paper dolls which upsets him:“‘You’d never believe it, but that great lummox has been playing with paper dolls!’”, and “‘The next thing you know, you’ll be wanting us to put skirts on you!’”(133). Thus, his uncle betrays him by making these negative remarks upsets him: Teddy says “‘They ain’t dolls I told you’” as his “fists were clenched… [and] his voice shaking.”(133). Also, the reactions of Teddy’s uncle disheartens Teddy from playing with his paper dolls: “The man choked, trying to restrain his laughter”, “Once again he burst into laughter”, and “... he glanced up from his newspaper and grinned slyly.”(133). Also, the reactions of his uncle caused him great anger and gives him the feel of betrayal from his uncle that he breaks his paper kingdom. Yet, Teddy’s uncle seems caring about Teddy because Teddy’s uncle worries about his safety: “Have you been playing with [the] matches up there?”, and his uncle states “‘I’ll take a look and see what you have been doing.’”(132). Additionally, Teddy’s uncle checks up on him out of being caring of him. Therefore, Teddy’s uncle simply does not mean to harm Teddy but did this out of love by joking

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