In “The Page” And “Bread” And How Does Margaret Atwood

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In “The Page” and “Bread” and how does Margaret Atwood use everyday objects to make readers question their own innocence and experience? What is the significance of this? Margaret Atwood’s’ The Page and Bread are two short stories that are both based around everyday objects. Constantly questioning the reader, the stories do not have a set idea, leading to different interpretations. Yet innocence is one thing that is present throughout both. The development of the stories begins with something being innocent to the end where the reader is questioned about the extent of that innocence. In reality that innocence is the reader itself, making them question their own innocence through the objects. Her use of postmodernism, unique structure and…show more content…
Description is used regularly throughout about the page, but it seems that it is describing a whole lot of nothing. That is because innocence cannot be seen, its not a thing nor an object, but it can only be felt. The page in essence is the reader’s innocence, “it is you who are blank and innocent, not the page… You touch the page, its as if you’ve drawn a knife across it” this implying that though that our own innocent makes us stronger, innocence itself is so fragile that even a touch can ruin it. “a sinuous wound, opens, a thin incision. Darkness wells through.” Atwood uses the blank page as a way to show what innocence is. A page can be made into a beautiful piece of art or a great story, but one small rip and it can never be the same. Bread seems to be a very traditional structured story, but doesn’t tell a story, instead makes the readers imagine the scenes being described making them the as the protagonist. Atwood, again used an everyday object like, bread as the center point of the story. The story doesn’t question the reader’s idea of innocent, but more so how innocent they think they are. The first first two sentences “Imagine a piece of bread. You don’t have to imagine it, its right there…” shows that the bread is something the readers wouldn’t think about, something they would take for granted. Atwood then changes the scene of the story, and the readers are now a famine. The piece of

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