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Comparison of The Possibility of Evil and Blue Boots


Similarities Differences

Twofaced(switchbetweeninnocent/joyful BlueBootsnarrator:lowprofile/isolated andhurtful) MissStrangeworth:wellknown,highrep Hurtpeoplewiththeiractions BlueBootsnarrator:targetsirritatingpeople MissStrangeworth:targetsinsecurepeople BlueBootsnarrator:orderlyandorganized withmurders(list) MissStrangeworth:morespontaneouswith targetchoice BlueBootsnarrator:immoral MissStrangeworth:amoral

Measuring Evil
RalphWaldoEmersononcesaidEveryactionismeasuredbythedepthofthe sentimentfromwhichitproceeds.Thismeansthattheoutcomeofanactionisnotnearlyas importantaswhatthepersonsintentwasandwheretheywerecomingfrom.Thiscanbe appliedtotheideaofevil:howisonesevilnessmeasured?Isitbasedoffoftheoutcomeoftheir intentions,ortheintentionsthemselves?WhencomparingMissStrangeworthinThePossibility ofEvilandthenarratorofBlueBoots,MissStrangeworthislessevilthantheBlueBoots narratorasherintentionswerealotlessharmfulthanthenarrators. Theprotagonistsofbothshortstoriesclearlycauseharmtothosearoundthem:Percival Mueller.Suffocationwouldbeafittingend.LorettaPeriwinkle.Icouldpoisonherwatersupply.P. CharlesEndlmen,myfavouritevictim.Garrotting?(BlueBoots,pg.13)...shewroteonapink sheet:DIDNT YOU EVER SEE AN IDIOT CHILD BEFORE? SOME PEOPLE JUST SHOULDNT HAVE CHILDREN SHOULD THEY?(ThePossibilityofEvil,pg.169).MissStrangeworthsandtheBlueBoots narratorsactionsreflectnegativeimpactsontheirreceivers,buttheirintentsweredifferent. MissStrangeworthdoesnotthinkheractionsareevilinfact,shebelievessheishelping thecommunitybyalertingthemoftheirinsecurities:Thetownwhereshelivedhadtobekept cleanandsweet,butpeopleeverywherewerelustfulandevilanddegraded,andneededtobe watchedtheworldwassolarge,andtherewasonlyoneStrangeworthleftinit.(ThePossibilityof Evil,pg.170).TheBlueBootsnarrator,ontheotherhand,clearlyhasotherplans:There seemednoendofirritatingpeoplewhosenamesweredulyinscribedinthepagesofmypocket notebook.(BlueBoots,pg.13).Hervictimsarepeoplewhoshedoesntlike,andsheiscoming fromaplaceofloathingandannoyance. TheexamplesaboveshowthatMissStrangeworthandtheBlueBootsnarratorclearly havedifferentintentions.MissStrangeworthisaimingtohelphercommunity,whiletheBlue Bootsnarratorisdoingtheexactopposite,eliminatingpeoplewhoshedoesntlike.Thismeans thatwhencomparingtheirevilness,MissStrangeworthislessevilduetoherintentions,despite theoutcomeoftheiractionsyieldingnegativeimpacts.