Essay - Circus cat, alley cat

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English analysis – Circus cat, Alley cat The short story “Circus cat, alley cat” is written by Anita Desai and is on three pages. The short story is about Anna, a circus performer who becomes a nanny for an English family. Anna is performing with tigers and lions in an exciting show. The narrator is a child and has a wild imagination. When Anna is babysitting the children, the narrator often imagines that Anna cracks her whip, and controls the cats. One day Anna’s baby is taken away from her, and she leaves to get it back. In the end, the narrator is in the circus seeing her perform. During my analysis, I will focus on a description of the setting, a characterization of the narrator and Anna, a discussion of the narrative technique and…show more content…
Then in the end, the narrator still sees her as “Anna the circus cat” which indicates that the narrator still is frightened of her. Anna, her real name or stage name Shakti, is a young quit big woman and, as mentioned earlier, a former cats trainer in a circus. Her look is described on page 1 line 6: “She was large and heavily built, with very black bright eyes and a lot of winey black hair”. She has been married but left her husband, because he thought she was to stay at home and then he took over her show. The English Mrs. Bates found her on the street near starvation, and then hired her as a nanny. She ends up in the circus again after the search for the baby. The children sees a as a “Anna of the circus” because of her past, but in fact she is a nice tame alley cat page 2 line 21: “No matter how hard Mrs. Bates tried to domesticate her and turn her into a tame alley cat, a nice, motherly pussy cat, Anna remained to us the “breath-taking, death defying, terror striking” Anna of the circus”. The narrative technique is often seen when the narrator describes his/hers imaginations. When the narrator describes them the words are changing and giving the children animal character, page 2 lie 9: “We would no longer walk, or run, we would prowl. We would not hop or skip, but spring and leap”. All these changes in their behavior shows that they change when they are around Anna. They become her

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