Ellen Foster Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In Chapter 1, Ellen contemplates killing someone. How does Ellen plan to kill this person and respond to the death if she actually goes through with it?

Ellen wanted to kill her father with a poisonous spider. Ellen planned on pretending to be shocked and horrified if Ellen went through with her plan.

2. Why does Ellen feel that she is better off being a ward of the county rather than being in the custody of her father?

Ellen's father often abused and neglected her. When Ellen was a ward of the county, Ellen was fed and taken care of.

3. How is Ellen's former life and her new life an example of dualism?

Ellen's two lives were exact opposites of each other and created a dissimilar contrast between how Ellen was treated and how she is now treated.

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