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Mania Response

November 30th, 2011

In the first paragraph Eugenides word choice does develop Madeline’s mania.  Madeline is determined to be better than everyone else and although she is fond of members of the male sex she does not want to feel intimated or inferior to them.  When her father beat her every time they played tennis she was certain she lost because he intimated her and acted mean.  She knew she was better than him but lost because of his nasty attitude to her.  This happened every time they played.  Thus, the reason for her obsession with Leonard and her attempt to help cure him of his psychological illness.  Her mania towards helping Leonard get well is justified because he is subordinate, needs her and never intimidates her at any time.  Her tennis matches with her father played personal significance upon her and caused her to constantly lose to him.

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