The Petition In Lyddie By Katherine Paterson

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In Katherine Paterson’s novel “Lyddie”, the protagonist Lyddie struggles whether or not to sign the petition for better working conditions. When her father buys land she must work hard to pay off what she owes. Lyddie should not sign the petition because she will be blacklisted. To be blacklisted means to not be able to work in a facility again. Furthermore, if Lyddie signs the petition it will be impracticable to bring her family together. Ever since her family had been separated she had dreamed of reuniting them back together. Overall, Lyddie should not sign the petition.
The main character Lyddie struggles whether or not she should sign the petition. She should not sign the petition because she will get blacklisted. When Betsy says she
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When Lyddie’s mother sent her a letter saying Agnes died and Rachel was sick, Lyddie was distraught. Lyddie was determined to bring what was left of her family together. According to chapter 12 it states, “She must earn all the money to pay what they owed, so she could gather her family together back on the farm while she still had family left to gather.” (88) Lyddie was more determined than ever to bring her family together. Ever since Agnes died and Rachel got sick Lyddie couldn’t imagine of the idea of being orphaned. All in all, this is why Lyddie should not sign the petition.
All things considered,, signing the petition will wreck Lyddie’s life. She will no longer be able to support her family since she is blacklisted. She will also find it hopeless to bring her family together. There will be no motive left to bring her family together. Signing the petition will get her dismissed and she won’t pay off the debt. Lyddie will have to find a job with below average working wages and bad working conditions which will be bad for her health. In short, signing the petition will end with a very bad

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