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In the short story The possibility of Evil by Shirley Jackson the author shows two different types of symbolisms in the story one thats not quite explicit but is obvious to find and another that is more hidden and needs a little more thought put into it to find The first being the rose which represents MsStrangeworth herself and the second being MsStrangeworths name representing her mindThe first symbol is the roses it represents MsStrangeworth In the beginning of the story MsStrangeworth is introduced as a nice old lady who lives along Pleasant Street She is known by many people in neighbourhood and has a nice clean image Except later on in the story readers find out that she isnt as lovely as they thought she was MsStrangeworth sends hurtful messages to her neighbours daily thinking shes protecting the town from evil when she actually is the cause of the evil Just like a rose that seems lovely and pretty it does have thorns that may hurt people sometime roses thorns easily spotted and other times they are not In MsStrangeworths case her thorns were practically invisible to the public which is why it was so easy for her to hurt others with her letters because nobody knew where the thorns were coming fromThe name of the character Adela Strangeworth was quite different from the names of rest of the other characters in the story The last name Strangeworth represents MsStrangeworths personality and beliefs MsStrangeworth had a strange way of getting rid of the evil in the town and also was very organized and planned which is quite a strange personality but since her last name not only included the word strange but also the word worth it also has another symbolism symbolizing that the worth part of name represents her beliefs Since MsStrangeworths family had lived in the town for generations she believed that she was more important than the other citizens This
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