A Look at the Test in Kramer and Mitchell's "Walk towards the Gallows" This paper examines the test, Walk towards the Gallows, by Reinhold Kramer and Tom Mitchell. The essay suggests that Hilda Blake was not an active agent in her life because her choices in life were cruelly constrained by circumstances beyond her control; the existing socio-political climate of the late nineteenth century made it very difficult for her to break free of her shackles. To start with, domestic servants represented the lowest rungs of society: when Hilda was put on trial for her alleged crime, she was denounced by the press and basically rendered guilty without ever being given the chance to prove her innocence; she was doomed from the start because domestic...The end:
.....ren were expected to be eternally grateful for being “taken in” and had little recourse if things went poorly and they wanted out; the options were not there. As well, since their emotional and psychological needs were not met, it is clear that such young people could turn out being ugly and ill-tempered as a result. To close briefly, this paper has shown that Hilda was not an active agent: she was controlled by forces greater than herself and had few options except to do what others bid – or to endure the penalties they imposed upon her. She was expected to “know her place” and lacked the resources to defend herself from harm. Works Cited Kramer, Reinhold and Tom Mitchell. 2002. Walk towards the Gallows. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.