Katherine Anne Porter's Rope

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Katherine Anne Porter's Rope



Part I: Abstract:

Like the majority of literary criticism of Katherine Anne Porter's "Rope," Jane Krause DeMouy's comments are part of a larger work examining the thread of characteristics, themes and techniques woven throughout Porter's writings. In her "Katherine Anne Porter's Women: The Eye of Her Fiction," DeMouy focuses primarily on six stories published in "The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter" between 1922 and 1928. She characterizes them as "all stories of women caught in constricting circumstances who must recognize and confront two burdens in their lives: Their sexuality and their social position." DeMouy suggests that in "Rope," Porter is
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From the first reading of "Rope" I sensed objectivity in Porter's dialog writing, which I initially attributed to being able to see the individual perspective of both combatants. Realizing how uncomfortable it is and that cringing feeling one gets when unlucky enough to be present during someone else's marital spat make me appreciate her ability to let me be there, without being there.



I believe that DeMouy's unfairly lays all the blame for the failed relationship on the wife. The husband, although he doesn't understand his wife's angry attacks, is himself guilty of adding fuel to the fire by responding with attacks of his own. He professes willingness and flexibility and he knows how to avoid the confrontations, yet refuses to be the only one to compromise. In response to unwarrented attacks from his wife, he feels a need to even the score by setting the record straight. This is a natural human tendency, although a

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