How does Lucy experience and deal with fear? You might consider Lucy's comparison of two types of fear when she talks about the devil-possessed girl and the kililer in the subway. How does the fear interact with Lucy's other emotions and desires?
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In many ways, Lucy deals with fear through rebellion against expectations. Lucy's mother expects her to attend nursing school, but Lucy studies photography. Mariah attempts to find Lucy suitable peers as friends, but Lucy befriends Peggy, who smokes and shares Lucy's rebellious spirit. Underneath Lucy's rebellion is a deep-seated anger. She is angry with her mother and at the injustice she perceives that she is born into. Therefore she seeks out a counterculture, and she finds one that involves sex, drugs, and art. This cultural break enables her to work through some of the debilitating issues of her past and possibly to start anew.