The Effects of the Writing in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye

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The Effects of the Writing in Margaret Atwood's Cat's Eye

Margaret Atwood, "Cat's Eye," Discuss the methods and effects of the writing, with particular attention to the way the narrator presents herself to the reader, in the extract and in the novel as a whole

Throughout the novel, "Cat's Eye," the narrator discusses the details of her life in an extremely detached and abstract style. She invites us to travel with her, back into her past, where both the reader and the narrator watch the unravelling of her past experiences. The narrator acts as a spectator to her own past, she does not re-enact, but instead replays the details, as if re-winding an old video. Each individual experience contains
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Another important issue which is raised is the idea of disguise. The narrator is extremely attracted to this idea, and it is brought up many times. "I pull on my powder-blue sweatsuit, my disguise as a non-artist," here she shows her embarrassment over expressing her artistic self, and prefers to remain anonymous. When a poster of her is defaced, rather than becoming angry, she is pleased, "The moustache is like a costume." She appears to be jealous of men's opportunity of using facial hair as a disguise, which seems a very strange thing to consider. After entering a clothes shop, she comments on her desire for transformation, "Disguise is easier when you're young." This suggests that she was an expert on disguise in her past years, which makes the reader very curious as to whether we are ever shown the real story behind the narrator, or whether it is simply all a make believe-life.

The description of the narrator's current home environment and surroundings is equally negative. Again, these negative implications are subtly inserted, so a seemingly idyllic mountain-side home becomes a fake, ridiculous film set. She uses words such as, "Unreality, sloppy, overdone," to
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