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Life in the twentieth century is different through each decade but also much different than life in a century before The short story Magic written by Katherine Anne Porter in 1930 shows how people think they have choices in life but their future is actually already planned out for them Ernest Hemingways short story A Clean Well-Lighted Place which was written in 1933 shows how people feel about the well being of others and others feelings The Storm written by Kate Chopin in 1898 is an example of how views of marriage have changed Although this wasnt written in the twentieth century it was written right before the beginning and still paints a picture of how life is now going into the twenty-first century In the story Magic a young prostitute named Ninette is treated very badly in the house she lives in This is proven by the quote They quarreled the madam cheated her on her checks you know the girl got a check a brass one every time and at the weeks end she gave those back to the madam yes that was the way and got her percentage a very small little of her earnings it is a business you see like any other- and the madam used to pretend the girl had given back only so many checks you see and really she had given many more but after they were out of her hands what could she do Page 121 This quote shows how the woman of the house cheated Ninette out of her money These next two quotes tell how Ninette was physically abused So she would say I will get out of this place and curse and cry Then the madam would hit her over the head Page 121-122 The girl said Keep you hands off or Ill brain you and at that the madam took hold of her shoulders and began to lift her knee and kick
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