The Book is called The Bad Seed by William March Chapters 1 through 9 !
“Amid the important sociopathological elements in the novel and its unusual little killer, there exists an acute rendering of the state of contemporary (1954) society.
The notion of a “bad seed” is not just the seed that carried the killer instinct across generations, but a seed that lies dormant within the confines of western society, and that sprouts more and more frequently as the society maintains its unhealthy repressive lifestyle.”
How might this assessment help us to understand aspects of the novel that are below or near the surface that might help to produce a sociopath like Rhoda? To develop the analysis, examine characters who represent the larger community (Monica, Leroy and his wife, the Fern sisters, the Daigles, Emory, and Reginald).
As always, journals should be between 2 to 4 pages double-spaced in length and supported with paraphrases and/or brief direct quotations from relevant texts.