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Compare Baptista in A Mere Interlude and Rose in The Waterfall with respect to how they cope with life's obstacles and their relationship with men.

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ELIT Essay Compare Baptista in A Mere Interlude and Rose in The Waterfall with respect to how they cope with life's obstacles and their relationship with men. There are many similarities between Baptista and Rose in how they cope with life's obstacles and their relationship with men. Both personas didn't dare to face the obstacle and chose to escape from it. There are also differences between them. Baptista was stronger than Rose in facing the obstacles because she finally chose to face her obstacles in the end while Rose still escaped from them. They are also similar in the way they cope with men. They obeyed them and did what they say. Their true emotions were usually suppressed. However the difference is Rose expressed her thoughts in front of Philips. Both Baptista and Rose faced obstacles in their lives. They both chose to cope with the obstacles in a similar way. They both didn't dare to face the obstacle. Baptista Trewthen was a schoolmistress but she disliked teaching. She described the students she taught were "unpleasant, troublesome little things". She became a schoolmistress out of obedience since she knew her parents had spent large sums of money on her education. She chose to escape from this obstacle by marrying David Heddegan. He was a friend of her parents and is rich and old. Although Baptista didn't love him, she chose to marry him in order to escape from teaching. ...read more.

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Also they both chose to marry a man whom they didn't like in order to escape from the obstacles. Baptista chose to marry Heddegan in order to escape teaching. Rose chose to marry Abrahams since she was homeless. However, there are differences between the two personas. Baptista seemed stronger than Rose. Rose only wept for her father's death and stayed at home cleaning the house and occupying her mind. Baptista, when facing the death of her husband Charles, acted very strong and had the courage to forget him and pretended nothing had happened. Also, Rose escaped from her affections towards Philips and didn't tell him and let him leave in the end. She escaped from her obstacles and didn't face it even in the end. Baptista, however, faced her obstacles. She took the initiative to tell Heddegan about her previous marriage and the death of Charles. She apologized and asked for his forgiveness. It was her own decision to do so and not forced by anyone. She was strong and faced the obstacle. She also faced the obstacle that she had to teach Heddegans four daughters. She married Heddegan in order to escape teaching in the beginning of the story, but she didn't escape from the obstacle that she had to teach Heddegan's daughters in the end. Baptista was different from Rose because she was stronger than Rose and faced her obstacles in the end. ...read more.

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She also kept secrets from him. She didn't tell Abrahams her feelings towards Philips. Rose coped with this relationship by obeying Heddegan's wish all the time and suppressing her own feelings. She made Abrahams felt that whatever he did must be right. She was reserved and kept a distant from him. Philips was a young, hilarious, irrepressible engineer who came to Abraham's house to repair the waterfall. Philips made jokes for Rose just to please her and to make her laugh. Rose felt "flattered" and "warm" by his jokes and smiled more often. She took the initiative to see him and missed him when he went to town. She also expressed her religious views about not fishing on Sabbath. Rose expressed herself more in front of Philips. She coped with this relationship differently by avoiding it. She avoided Philips and when she saw him, she "hurriedly along" terrified that Philips may see her. She didn't express her true feelings and let Philips leave them in the end. Rose and Baptista coped with men in a similar way. They both suppressed their own true emotions and obey what they said. They seldom act according to their own will. However one difference between them is Rose expressed her Religious views in front of Philips and didn't obey him while Baptista obeyed all the men. As a whole, Rose and Baptista coped with life's obstacles and their relationship with men in a similar way. They chose the same methods which is rather passive. They chose to escape from most of the obstacles and chose to obey the men in the stories. ...read more.

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