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Lady Oracle

By: Maragret Atwood

Morgan Pithers

on 17 October 2012

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Transcript of Lady Oracle

By: Margaret Atwood Lady Oracle This story takes place in Terremoto, Italy, as well as Canada. Aunt Lou- Joans aunt Louise who is the only one there for her, Lou dies and leaves thousands of dollars to Joan but the only way she can recieve the money is if she looses a certain amount of weight. Lou is a scattered unorganized mess who relates to Joan in many ways. Theme: Setting: Characters: Joan Foster- a heavy-set child, whose life is filled with the torture and abuse of an overly judgmental mother, an often-absent father, and many tormentors. She is abused by local schoolgirls, and spends much of her time with her Aunt Lou, whose gentle acceptance of her allows her to avoid responsibility for her weight. Joans mother- A very stuck up, judgemental woman. joans mother is constantly negative and always making Joan feel small and not good enough. By: Morgan Pithers The theme Margaret Atwood was trying to get across in this story is that you can try and hide from who you really are but in the end you will always be found out. She wants to get the point across that it is okay to be different and to not be afraid to be who you really are. Plot: Exposition- Whenever Joan moves away from Rome, and starts a new life with a new identity because she has faked her death back home. Rising action- joan gets a will from her dead Aunt Lou, stating that in order for Joan to recieve her share of the will, she must loose 100 pounds. Climax: Joan keeps having flashbacks from the past to the present throughout the whole book, and we find out why she faked her own death. She begins to get threats and blackmailed from someone who knows the truth, so she fakes a suicide. Falling action- Joan begins to realize that everyone she used to be close with and care about now knows what she has done, they discovered the truth. Resolution- Joan publishes and releases her feminist poetry and becomes famous and very public. Although the fame doesn't last long. “I planned my death carefully, unlike my life, which meandered along from one thing to another, despite my feeble attempts to control it.”
Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle “Besides, who would think of marrying a mothball? A question my mother put to me often, later, in other forms.”
Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle Critique: I really enjoyed Margaret Atwood's book Lady Oracle. This book kept me on the edge of my seat because you never know whats coming next. The constant flash backs from the past to the present were also interesting and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, Text connection:
This story connects to the real world and real people because people are constantly trying to be something their not, not only in the story, This is a very common thing in the world. “I would pore for hours over the stalls of worn necklaces, sets of gilt spoons, sugar tongs in the shape of hen's feet or midget hands, clocks that didn't work, flowered china, spotty mirrors and ponderous furniture, the flotsam left by those receding centuries in which, more and more, I was living.”
Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle
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