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Throughout Katherine Anne Porters Old Mortality a variety of elements are present Some of which consist of romance memories and the illusions instilled upon the legendary status of Amy All of these elements play a solid role towards the persuasion of Miranda They persuaded her into acting on certain ideas that she pulled out of the stories about her Aunt Amy Now even though Aunt Amy was portrayed in a very special light the elements that surrounded the story did not exactly have a positive effect on Maria and Miranda What this paper is going to do is explain that all the above mentioned characteristics play a positive and negative role on the lives of the two children Maria and Miranda In the first chapter Maria and Miranda were told the story about their Aunt Amy and their very romantic Uncle Gabriel People spoke of Aunt Amy in a very loving way but they masked the truth They merely told the story the way that they felt it should have been told There is no problem with this in the eyes of the brother and grandmother but they neglect the idea that children at this age are very impressionable This is definitely a negative aspect towards the exaggeration of how wonderful their Aunt Amy was It carried the negative following because of many reason demonstrated throughout the story First is that the buildup of Maria and Mirandas Aunt and Uncle were just the first step towards a larger let down in all facets The first time that Maria and Miranda met Uncle Gabriel at the racetrack after all of the good words spoken they had a false idea of what he looked like talked like and acted like They discovered that he wasnt the perfect looking man that he was made out to be and that he wasnt as elegant as described He was merely a large loud spoken sort of obnoxious gambler
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