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The constant use of similar events while progressing to the different conclusions of the story demonstrates in The Babysitter humans lack of responsibility The story initiates its narration by the arrival of the babysitter at 740 and continues by the successions of events as the evening progresses The course of actions by the babysitter and the other characters are all initially unfamiliar to the reader but as the evening progresses the events start to repeat themselves Eventually there comes a point in the story where all that changes in the various section of the story is the ending which nonetheless is due to the death of the characters For instance Robert Coover author makes the reader aware at the beginning of the story of the sounds of a baby screaming Coover 334 This description of the childs behavior becomes constant after she regret telling Jimmy to brush his teeth for she hears the baby stir in its crib 346 The stirring goes on to turn into a cry and finally into a scream 349 The baby screams at the top of its lung 350 thereafter and is only silenced after she shakes 351 or drowns him in the tub So much was the annoyance of such an innocent child that she decides to ignore him and treats him harshly when attending the same No longer is the babysitter doing her job but becomes agitated at the occasion and atmosphere surrounding her Her indetermination to continue the struggle leads not only to her death but the death of everyone The answer lies on taking responsibility for ones actions and confronting the problem with courage and perseverance Only then will these obstacles stop harming us and instead contribute to the strengthening of the self
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