Essay: The Bad Seed

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The world itself is full of people and the secrets hidden within. A prime example of this are from books like The Bad Seed by William March and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. These two novels both contain characters with many secrets, many dark secrets that cause them to hide and live away from society. In a sense, these characters live in “secret worlds”. Starting off with The Bad Seed, Rhoda, the main character who is responsible for violent crimes and her mother Christine who is the “guardian angel” that’s responsible for keeping Rhoda out of trouble. Just like Rhoda, the character Merricat from We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the one causing the trouble and ...view middle of the document...

In turn this led to her removing herself from society and live a life of secrecy. Later on in the novel, she then commits yet another murderous action on Leroy Jessup. The main reason being that she is afraid that Leroy will expose her of her deeds and so she decides to kill him. This is another example of how confused and naive Rhoda is and how she needs guidance from a strong-minded individual. The same applies to Merricat but she is lucky enough to have Constance as her support, who appears to be more strong-minded than Christine. After poisoning her family members with arsenic, Merricat expresses her feelings by saying, “Fate intervened. Some of us, that day, she led inexorably through the gates of death. Some of us, innocent and unsuspecting, took, unwillingly, that one last step to oblivion”. Fortunately for both her and Constance, Constance survived the poisoning attempt and Marricat supports this by saying, “Some of us took very little sugar.” Following the poisoning incident, the townsfolk have been starting to look down on them with disgrace and hate. This persuades the sisters to live a life of secrecy away from society. It’s the feeling of neglect, hate, being afraid and even being afraid of that possibly led them to living this type of lifestyle. For example, in the book Merricat said, “I can't help it when people are frightened”. The people living within the town are showing that they’re afraid of her and want nothing to do with her. On another note, she also said, “I would have liked to come...

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