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Transcript of Miriam
by Sonja, Satya, & Shiv
A Little Slice of His Life
30th September, 1924
25th August, 1984
Parents divorced when he was aged four
Moved to Monroeville, Alabama under the care of elderly cousins
Alcoholic and drug addict
Rude, reincarnation of a gossiping housewife (resulting in exclusion and isolation)
A look & listen at him
Capote became quite close to Harper Lee during his time in Monroeville, Alabama
(To Kill A Mocking Bird)
(Other Voices, Other Rooms)
In Cold Blood
Capote is Crazy
Capote, especially in Miriam, incorporated Gothic elements. Because Capote was in fact a freak of nature and an eerie alcoholic & drug addict.
Capote was well known for his distinctive, high-pitched voice and odd vocal mannerisms, his offbeat manner of dress, and his effeminate demeanor. He often claimed to intimately know people he had in fact never met, such as Greta Garbo.
Could this relate to Miriam? Where this unknown girl comes out of nowhere and acts as if her and Mrs. H.T.Miller are acquaintances.
How do you think the text is a reflection of Capote?
Quote by Capote
"Since each story presents its own technical problems, obviously one can't generalize about them on a two-times-two-equals-four basis. Finding the right form for your story is simply to realize the most natural way of telling the story. The test of whether or not a writer has defined the natural shape of his story is just this: After reading it, can you imagine it differently, or does it silence your imagination and seem to you absolute and final? As an orange is final. As an orange is something nature has made just right."
The little girl is a reflection of Miriam's own self, this is a story that questions the everyday life of the living and how people manage to live without living out of their own shell.
Mrs H.T. Miller is a person with a simple everyday routine and is scared to break her routine because she is so attached/accustomed to it.
A New Friendship
Characters & Connections
Questions 1 & 2
What elements of Miriam do you think makes it an impressionist piece?
• Appeals to the senses
• Mood and effects
• Vagueness and ambiguity
• Momentary insights
• Impressions of setting, plot and character
• Emphasis on color and light
• Emotions and feelings
• Sensations into words
"My name's Miriam, too"
Mrs. H. T. Millar, though never mentions to go by Miriam, professed to also share the same name as the demonic girl.
"Her white hair...White silk in February."
As also seen in The Catcher In The Rye, white hair, and sophisticated diction, represented age. Miriam, the younger, embodies the greatest fears of Miriam, the elder.
Mrs H.T. Miller broke her routine by going to see the movies and by breaking her routine she has become afraid of herself, thus the little girl who serves as a symbol.
She realizes that peace and solitude has been her only friend and that she has been out of touch with life. She begins to see the reality of her dull life
Double in “Miriam” can be both a character & subjective phenomenon, which distinguishes the story from those where the doppelganger is obviously a figure of fantasy or hallucination