In society today everybody has the right to think what they please, but not everybody is brave enoug

I wanted to run to my father and have him tell me i

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onto the mattress, I might fall outward into the stars. I wanted to run to my father, and have him tell me I was safe, that everything was all right. But I was always more frightened of him than I was of falling. It's the same way now¨ (48,49). A father figure should make his children feel safe and protected but the only reason Rachel obeys him is because he uses fear to control her. In her heart Rachel knows that the right thing to do is to support Cates and testify for him, but she is holding herself back in dread of what her father would think of her. In addition, when the entire town was attending a
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church service Reverend brown speaks addressing Cates, who was not present, saying ¨Let him feel the terror of Thy sword! For all eternity, let his soul writhe in anguish and damnation¨ (59) Rachel exclaims “ No father. Dont pray to destroy Bert!¨ (59). To Rachels plea her father says ¨Lord, we call down the same curse on those who ask grace for this sinner… and flesh of my flesh!¨ (59). She finally got the courage to stand up to her father and say something, but he shoots her down while cursing her. His harsh words cause her to bottle her thoughts up inside of her once again. Being rejected by her father in front of the whole church congregation did not help Rachel gain any confidence. Lastly, the turning point for Rachel was when she finally comes to a
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