A New England Nun

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In “A New England Nun”, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman depicts the life of the classic New England spinster. The image of a spinster is of an old maid; a woman never married waiting for a man. The woman waiting to be married is restricted in her life. She does chores and receives education to make her more desirable as a wife. This leads to the allegories used in this short story. The protagonist life paralleled …

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…also showed her anxiety toward Joe. The dog exemplified her domestication. Caesar’s lack of a bark and lethargy represents her need for serenity. The dog does not fight his chain but accepts it. Louisa accepted her chain, her life of waiting. She had accepted it to such an extent that she felt safe with it. When the wait was over, but she did not want to lose the security of the life she had.