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Peer Pressure in The Osage Orange Tree The Osage Orange Tree by William Stafford tells a story of how peer pressure kept 2 people apart who wanted to like each other The narrator of the story liked one of his classmates but was afraid to show that he liked her He didnt have the maturity at the beginning of the story to go against peer pressure Peer pressure was involved with Evangeline being shunned because she was poor Her faded blue dress set her apart from the rest of the students SHe only had two dresses The narrator stated she had changed from the dark heavy dress to the dull blue of the last fall 370 The narrartor described her house as gray and lopsided 374 Her house had no running water There was a grayish white place on the ground where the dishwater had been thrown out 374 Probably none of the students were wealthy in the story but Evangeline was poorer than most of the Students Peer pressue dictated that Evangeline should be avoided She was avoided by the others because she was different She was standing near the corner looking everywhere but at the crowd 369 The narrator himself said I might talk to her I thought But of course it was out of the question 371 The author didnt talk to her at school but he would at the tree The next day at school I didnt ask whether her father wanted to take the paper370 He was afraid to be seen with her The narrator asked himself could anyone in the house have been watching I looked back once370 Peer pressure prevented the narrator from socializing with Evangeline at school Sometimes peer pressue involves people making fun of each other Although the narrator never made fun of Evaneline other people did She was made fun of with such comments as Why look at
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