Objective: In "Another Roadside Attraction," the character of Amanda is quickly established as a hippie, a clairvoyant, and a new-age earth mother. She believes in free love and peace while enjoying exploring her spirituality. Her primary concerns in the beginning of the novel involve releasing more butterflies into North America, showing her affinity with these beautiful, colorful, free-flying animals. She is ultimately gentle and wild, sexually active from a young age (yet never taken advantage of), a beguiling woman with childlike capabilities. She loves freely and without reservation, although her heart remains untouched. Death has touched her, yet she does not allow it take over her life, understanding that death is merely a part of living. Granted, these observations are filtered through the eyes of a so-far unknown narrator who freely admits bias towards her. The readers experience Amanda through this person's eyes and, thus, are granted...
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