Atwood uses this conscious shift in perspective to comment on the role of perspective in interpretation more broadly. He never pays enough attention to Sally, and much of the text is devoted to her worries about everyday life. Ed, on the other hand, floats in and out of the story while playing the mysterious husband Sally cannot decipher, an allusion to Bluebeard. Ed, however, is not the heroic prince, but rather the unknown force lurking in the background, never quite articulating his point of view.
But by now, and I mean your time, both of us will have the same degree of reality, we will be equal: You can talk about it, but not very successfully. A poem is something you hear, and the primary focus of interest is words. A novel is something you see, and the primary focus of interest is people.
Her poems need to be seen on the page as well as heard, while the power of language in her best prose is fully realized when read aloud.
As we have seen, many of the poems have a duplistic structure. A comparable sense of counter-weighted settings and the use of doubled or split characters are pervasive in the fiction as well. Atwood further neutralizes the distinction between prose and poetry by frequently writing poem sequences as well as prose poemsthereby capturing the element of continuity expected in fiction.
On the basis of the stories and the three novels about to be considered, some generalizations can be made, however, about the type of fiction Atwood writes. The people in her fictional world are less the three-dimensional realistic characters of the traditional English novel than the types associated with romance.
To some extent, this is a function of point of view, for each of the novels has a first person narrator tightly enclosed within a limited perspective. Quite naturally, then, perception of others will be one-sided.
But even the narrators remain aloof from the reader and this sense of two-dimensionality results in large part from the cool, acerbic nature of the narrative itself. A novel is not intended to simply reflect the objective world, but to offer us a mirror in which we may detect the shapes and patterns of our experience.
Language itself is dangerous and deceptive; hence, the constant stretching and probing of words in the fiction as in the poetry until one senses that nothing can be assumed or taken for granted. It is a style well suited to the exploration of the contingency of life, the nature of language, and the duplicity of human perception.
In general, the stories are of mixed quality, but I feel that none of them places Atwood in the first ranks of modern short-story writers like Bernard Malamud, Doris Lessing, or closer to home, Sinclair Ross, Alice Munro, and Clark Blaise. The stories lack variety as individual pieces while, at the same time, they do not cohere as a collection or a unit in the way that several other collections by Canadian writers do.
The entire section is 2, words.Margaret Atwood: Writing and Subjectivity: New Critical Essays Macmillan. x, $ Survival, Margaret Atwood's study of Canadian literature, like Virginia Woolf's study of women writers, A Room of One's Own, is a foundational text to which subsequent writers repeatedly return to attack, to elaborate, to define, and to clarify.
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'Atwood has paradoxically exposed the limits of autobiography.' The last three essays discuss Atwood's short stories. In 'Gender and Narrative Perspective in Margaret Atwood's Stories,' Dieter Meindl classifies the stories in Dancing Girls and Bluebeard's Egg according to narrative perspective (point of view).
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