Since the very first encounter, Doctor Jordan has interacted with Grace in a way that nobody else has. Doctor Jordan understands that she “will be a very hard nut to crack” and that she has “scant reason to trust anyone at all for a very long time period” (Atwood 54). Society already has preconceived ideas about Grace whether or not they are true. “They said in the newspaper that I was illiterate, but I could read some even then” (Atwood 27). For the most part, Doctor Jordan has ignored the notions that society has projected on Grace. Instead of judging Grace, Doctor Jordan tries to understand and analyze her (Darroch). “Perhaps I will tell you lies, I say. He doesn’t say, Grace what a wicked suggestion, you have a sinful imagination. He says, Perhaps you will. Perhaps you will tell lies without meaning to, and perhaps you will also tell them deliberately” (Atwood 41). The relationship between Grace and Doctor Jordan is not only a step towa...
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Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. New York: Anchor Books, 1977. Print
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