• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Diction and storytelling in Death by Landscape by Margaret Atwood

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

EN119-OC1 9 October 2014 Diction and storytelling in ?Death by Landscape? by Margaret Atwood Rather than an exaggerated hyperbole, ?scarred for life? is a very accurate description of Lois from the short story ?Death by Landscape?s? state of mind. Margaret Atwood depicts a character haunted by her childhood and solidifies that past experiences do a great deal in shaping the future of children into adulthood. Through diction by an older and younger Lois: symbolism, setting and characterization are distinguished. Firstly, strong symbolism is expressed through the landscape paintings that Lois collects while at the same time she avoids the wilderness altogether. The readers are left wondering why Lois would collect these painting if she ?does not find them peaceful in the least? but instead they ?fill her with a world of unease? (2). It is revealed at the end of the short story that these paintings are representative of the tie Lois still has been unable to sever with her deceased best friend from childhood. ...read more.

Middle

But Lois in adulthood is seen to have a traumatic fear of anything remotely to do with the wilderness. At first glance it just seems as though she just doesn?t care for gardening by her ?[relief] not to have to worry about the lawn, or about the ivy pushing its muscular little suckers into the brickwork? (4). However after further insight it is seen that there is a reason behind her disdain for wildlife. The only thing signifying wildlife present in Lois? life is the landscape paintings in which she believes Lucy resides. With these she is able to not have to let go of Lucy at the comfort of her closed-off and artificial world. The imagery of the canoe trip in Lois? childhood is also seen to be particularly frightening and provides understanding of her complete disdain for nature. While going canoeing Lois feels the ?lake go down, deeper and colder than it was a minute before? (6), this exemplifies the sheer power, terror and unpredictability that comes with the association of the wilderness. ...read more.

Conclusion

After repeatedly having to feel inferior when listening to her stories. Lois ends up feeling so remorseful for Lucy?s death she is completely paralyzed of living her own life. When she marries and has children she finds herself unfocused in life and careless in social gatherings. Randy, her deceased husband?s face does not even resonate with her and neither do the memories of the birth and the raising of her children. . She feels drained and ?as if she was living not one life but two: her own and another shadowy life that hovered?(8). The intense feelings of guilt would only resurface themselves if she were ever to return to the camp in which Lucy had her tragic fall. Therefore Atwood?s use of diction through a young and older Lois provides strong insights for her fear of the wilderness. All in all Lois? disdain for the wild can be distinguished through: symbolism, characterization, imagery and setting by using the diction of an older and younger Lois. Her complete inability to overcome this grief and loss goes to show to that past experiences play a key role in shaping children into adulthood. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Margaret Atwood section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Margaret Atwood essays

  1. In many ways the ideas in this dystopian novel are more important than the ...

    and allow exploitation of women, as his comments and conduct at Jezebel's suggest. Their private s****l encounter there ends in 'futility and bathos' and is strongly contrasted with Offred's meeting with Nick later that same evening. As she leaves his house for the last time, Offred sees the Commander standing at the living-room door, looking old, worried and helpless.

  2. Compare and contrast the ways these authors present the oppressive society of their dystopias ...

    Men called Jerry Falwell and Howard Phillips accused feminists of a 'satanic attack on the home' and formed lobby groups to re establish 'every man's right to rule the home'. Atwood, as a feminist and campaigner for human rights has said that there is 'nothing in this novel that doesn't

  1. Free essay

    Essay on Maragret Atwood

    Them because of greed then won't another group of people displace the We? "Who are we, now,...and who are they? Is that them, landing in their illicit boats, at night?...What are their plans, immediate, long-term, and will these plans of theirs serve us right?

  2. Postcolonialism and Canada: A Readingof Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and Alias Grace

    What is presented by Atwood's Surfacing is the ambivalent nature of patriarchy, cultural imperialism and geographical colonization and how this combined colonial experience has left the victim with feelings of displacement and disconnectedness from their language, history and culture, which in turn has led to a fractured sense of self and a desperate need to regain and reclaim identity.

  1. 'Don't ever ask for the true story' - an examination of the narrative methods ...

    They are not commented on, they stand bold and raw on the pages, spaced out and startling, appearing untouched and make the reader feel they are actually reader a newspaper or some other printed source.

  2. Writer’s craft comparative essay - Margaret Laurence and Margaret Atwood.

    Canadian poet, novelist, and critic. Born in Ottawa, Ontario in November 18, 1943. Atwood grew up in the Canadian Wilderness. She went to Harvard University and the University of Toronto. Her family moved to Toronto when she was seven, but spent many years in the Canadian Wilderness.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work