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"Bread" By Margaret Atwood
Transcript of "Bread" By Margaret Atwood
Center of story
What does it represent?
Why is it so
Room 1: A Middle Class Kitchen
The first paragraph is a simple,
statement about bread. It is an
description of a leisurely lifestyle that most people in the target audience could relate to.
As Stuart Chipman put it "her argument...initially does not even appear as an argument" (2)
Room 2: The Famine
Introduced to the
Room 4: The German Fairy Tale
The "story" in the fourth room is a Grimm Brothers tale depicting "God's Food."
Is it reality or a hallucination? Does it matter?
Room 3: The Prison
Bread is a part of every household.
The invention has existed for thousands of years.
Recognized in virtually
Though it is very important, it is never really though about (certain
Snack is eaten in a mere minute!
Food, especially bread is
in most homes of the Western world
This can lead to
Bread in the story is covered in butter, peanut butter and honey = displays
. Can this represent a bending of the
for us (the audience)? = a way to give the impression of a loophole, to have the reader reach the true conclusion through his own thinking? "
The flowing honey is a symbol of
Honey in biblical context is part of a promise between God and the Hebrews: "Go unto the promised land flowing with milk and honey" Exodus 33:3. It
the lost and afflicted nation by promising
Another connection to the blood and covenant with Christ seen later in story?
Does this make us-in a way- the
"Illustration of modern
" (Chipman 1)
"Atwood's work has often focused on
societies of the
" (Guth & Rico 45)
Lack of power
for both "hypothetical" protaonists.
and loneliness in
Both stories question morals
Bread symbolism is "
" in the two scenarios.
The comforting and sweet morsel of bread
into the very definition treason and
Only one piece of bread. 2 starving people.
: feed your younger sister or feed yourself?
What would you do?
decides to tell= is no home/ bread or true freedom to go to.
the guards say otherwise.
The bread is a
. It is a
The bread causes
How can there be these two
existences of bread? How can it be so good and bad?
In this room we meet a separate
: to tell or not to tell? Betrayal or safety?
Must try to do everything in his power to not accept, because if he does he becomes no better than them.
A merciless killer.
Yet, the cold, hard, cruel rich woman
to give any nourishment to her poor sister out of selfishness.
The bread conjured up floats above the table.
of bare resources in most of the world. The west is extremely
to boast such surplus of riches. Unfortunately, it is thrown away,
and left for the rats. Meanwhile, corpses are mounting because they needed those grains, so
The conjured bread seems real: "the bread is solid enough, as
as your arm"(47)
But you never even think of eating it.
Because you know of the
"stories" are actually bare
And, how can you know that this happens but
? How does THAT make you any better than the selfish sister?
Has this altered you?
A caring mother left every last shred of dignity to
beg for a mouthful
of bread for her dying children.
So, when the rich lady's husband decides to cut himself a nice chunk of bread,
red blood flows out.
gushing red blood = allusion to Christ's death.
In Christianity: the blood and broken body of Jesus are a sacrifice that redeems any sin.
His body is represented by bread, and his blood by wine.
the flowing blood in story: the sister and her children.
It seems to say: though Christ's death was very great,
nothing could ever excuse