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Kenyatta StackhouseEnglish 206Dr Christopher Mattie Rigsbee is the main character in Clyde Edgertons southern style novel Walking Across Egypt Mattie is a seventy-eight year old widow with two middle-aged children Living alone in a small house she makes sure that everything is taken care of Although begins to display some signs of aging and her family is trying to convince her to slow down her lifestyle Matties character and mind setting prohibits her from becoming the stereotypical elder She must make a decision in which direction to turn Im too old to keep a dog she says to the dogcatcher as he is leaving with a brown fice that showed up on her doorstep Edgerton 20 Besides Im slowing down she says to her son during lunch Edgerton 5 The stereotypes of the elderly are influencing Matties life She is telling herself not to do things because of her age whether or not she is physically able to do them simply because people associate ag e with inability and dependence upon others Her family and friends are expecting and encouraging this dependence Elaine and Robert Matties two unmarried children along with other family and friends are encouraging her to be what they expect a seventy-eight year old woman to be They talk about how she needs to get rest because she is slowing down and cant keep going as steady as she seems to think When she decided to try and help a young juvenile Wesley Benfield become a better person by taking him to church and offering him to stay the night with her Robert thought that Mattie was sick Pearl Turnage Matties older sister has given in to the stereotypes that are now plaguing Mattie and insists that she do the same In fact she invites Mattie to accompany her to the funeral home where they will each pick out a casket that they are
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