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Try not to make things a such big deal because you might look back later wondering where you would be if things had gone your way


"The Village"
If the elders had made a massive deal about Ivy going into the woods, then Lucius would have died, and the next generation wouldn't have had a least a little say in whether they would continue living the lie or not. If the elders had gotten their way, then someone could have just observed something and come to the conclusions by themselves that everything was a lie, causing others to rebel and disrupt everything they had ever worked for.

The Crucible
Abigail made a big deal out of accusing people of being witches because of her desire for Proctor. She clearly, throughout the book, continued to go way overboard in the way that she conducted herself towards people she found as a threat, especially Mary Warren and Elizabeth Proctor. If Abigail had not gotten her way by everyone believing every word that she said, the town would not have been emotionally destroyed and she wouldn't have become a public enemy.

The Things They Carried
If the Lieutenant hadn't emotionally fell apart after one man died under his watch, the men in his platoon would have been a whole lot safer. He would have continued on and accepted things for the way that they were and that everyone makes mistakes. After moping around about it, he caused his men to sleep in places that were in no way safe or sanitary because he couldn't snap out of the funk he caused himself to fall into.

“The Tell-Tale Heart”
If the story had played out with the murder keeping the body a secret like he wanted to, the people would have erupted with curiosity because the man was no longer in his home. Because of all of the guilt that he felt, the narrator was no longer able to keep his final desire because he truly believed that the police officers could also hear the “heart beat” of the old man that was really his guilty conscious.

“The Lottery”
Mrs. Hutchinson went to the lottery expecting someone else to pick the paper with the black spot. However, she was the one who wound up with it. Until then she had not even thought about the horrors or the fears that come with that paper. If anyone else had picked that particular paper, she wouldn’t have vouched for them; she would have picked up a stone and gotten it over with. If the Mr. Summers and the rest of the town had reconsidered her, they would have had to stone someone else, leaving her as the guilty party. She would have had to live with the memory of someone dying because she was fearful of that same thing happening to her.

“The Tide Rises, The Tide Falls”
The village that the traveler passed by would have been corrupted had the traveler stayed at the village with all of the curious people. Because he was not from around there he would have obviously had new and different ideas. Had the tide not risen and erased the footprints, the villagers would have wondered who had passed by, why they didn’t stop and where they are. They would have wanted him to stay to see who he was and what he was doing there which would have turned their town into chaos from the traveler’s unusual ideas.

Chris McCandless
Chris ventures off into the woods planning to “find” himself and then return home. However, he never returns home, a fact that I think turned out for the better. Had he returned home as planned and as he had wanted to, I do not believe that he would have been able to adjust back to the ways of normal life because of the sublime nature and the lack of human interaction that he had been living life in for the past months.

“Where I Lived and What I Lived For”
Thoreau has his heart set on the Hollowell place and began to get ready to move as the deed was being drawn. However, the owner’s wife then changed her mind, freeing Thoreau of the obligation of caring for a home. However, this is not, at first, what Thoreau thinks he wants. But, he later realizes that by not binding himself down to the farm he is truly able to seek out a place that he is free and he is himself, Walden Pond.

Frederick Douglas
Douglas is a slave who wants to learn to read and escape slavery. In spite of unfair odds, he conquers both adventures. "The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglas" and my personal philosophy statement actually happen to be exact opposites. Things end just as Douglas had hoped and perservered for.

The Great Gatsby
From the very beginning of the book, all that Jay Gatsby wants is the love of Daisy and for her to leave her husband in favor of him. However, throughout the story the reader learns that Daisy will never love Gatsby the way that he loves her. In the end, he ends up being killed by Wilson because of Daisy and her husband Tom. Had things worked out between Gatsby and Daisy, Gatsby would constantly be emotionally cripled because of Daisy's selfish mentality and Daisy would forever be thinking what if...? about her broken marriage to Tom and her comfortable life with him.