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Corey Werner English 201 28 September 2007 Old Women Magoun The short story entitled “Old Women Magoun” by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, is a model example of gothic literature. This gene is portrayed by the battle of good versus evil through Old Woman Magoun’s human nature to protect her loved one even if it means taking her life to keep her away from bad influences that will tarnish her innocence. Gothic literature is often portrayed by deep fears which lead a seemingly good-natured person to do evil. Lily is an childlike and Old Woman Magoun feels it is her duty to keep her golden and pure by saving her from evil. However, Old Woman Magoun becomes evil herself in her struggle. The setting of the town helps illustrate the theme of the battle of good versus evil. Mary E. Wilkins Freeman describes the setting of the town as depressed and desolate dominated by a half-witted family, the Barry’s. A depressing setting is an element of gothic literature. She writes, “Nelson Barry, was the fairly dangerous degenerate of a good old family. Nelson’s father before him had been bad” (257). Freeman writes this to further illustrate that The Barry family was not highly thought of by many people. Surrounding areas knew of the Barry name and thought feebly of it. Lily, a child of Barry blood, is refused of being adopted because of her horrible blood line.” But her father! No, Maria, we cannot take a child with Barry blood in her veins” (265). Furthermore, men, including Barry, 1
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govern the town and do whatever they please while women are second to them and must work to please them. “It seems queer to me’, Old Woman Magoun says to Sally Jinks, ‘that men can’t do nothin’ without havin’ to drink and chew to keep their sperits up. Lord! I’ve worked all my life and never done nurther” (257). Freeman writes this to show that women feel inferior to men in the small town and that they work just as hard if not harder then men. Men were the evil of the town because they mistreat women by acting as if they are inferior to them. Therefore, Old Woman Magoun, the foremost character, tried to battle evil by
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course ENG 201 taught by Professor Recny during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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