LizzieBordenFinalDraft

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Acknowledgments I would like to thank Missy Kegler, Chris Phillips, and Shannon Grimsley for their comments and advice on this paper.
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Caitlin McGowan April 01, 2011 Professor Kegler EN102 – Section 81 The Story of Lizzie Borden In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused and went to trial for the killing of her father and stepmother with an axe. Back then; the identification of blood, fingerprints, or DNA did not exist. Therefore, there was no way of having physical evidence of the murder. Most of the trial was based on who Lizzie was as a person, how her family treated her, and the likelihood of her committing such a crime. In the end, she was found not guilty but her innocence has been questionable ever since. Below are three different genres and views about the Lizzie Borden case; a short story, three newspaper articles, and an academic essay. Each genre shows their own bias views and opinions. In the original short story by Angela Carter’s, The Fall River Axe Murders , she described in detail the life of the Lizzie Borden and her family. We learned that thirty- year-old daddy’s little princess, Lizzie, hates her sluggish stepmother more than anything. Their home life was definitely not your typical “American home”. It was a very creepy environment. Carter’s detailed descriptions of the town and house that the Borden’s lived in help create and reflect Lizzie’s motives. Carter implied that Lizzie was guilty of murdering her parents but there are no proven facts that prove that Lizzie actually did it. She openly states in the beginning of the story that Lizzie Borden murdered her parents. “On this burning morning when, after breakfast and the performance of a few household duties, Lizzie Borden will murder her parents…” (Carter 211) With this being said she is straight up telling the reader that Lizzie Borden did it. Carter simply manipulates her short story for entertainment purposes. She tends to distort facts and important
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information from the case. She blatantly acted like Lizzie’s uncle was unimportant while
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