Inside Out: Eye Imagery and Female Identity in Margaret Atwood's Poetry

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Margaret Atwood speaks about a now common and yet still predominant question of female identity. Eye images, appearing frequently, correlate with ideas of observation, perception, and reflection as the woman seeks to understand herself. Introductory material examines three female archetypes, five victim positions, and male-female worlds. Eye imagery in early poetry expresses female feelings of frustration and submission to unfair roles and expectations. Imagery in the middle poetry presents causes for male-female manipulations. In later poetry eye imagery underscores the woman's anger and desire to separate into a new self. Concluding this study is an analysis of female options. From ... continued below

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Conner, Susan Carpenter May 1982.

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Margaret Atwood speaks about a now common and yet still predominant question of female identity. Eye images, appearing frequently, correlate with ideas of observation, perception, and reflection as the woman seeks to understand herself. Introductory material examines three female archetypes, five victim positions, and male-female worlds. Eye imagery in early poetry expresses female feelings of frustration and submission to unfair roles and expectations. Imagery in the middle poetry presents causes for male-female manipulations. In later poetry eye imagery underscores the woman's anger and desire to separate into a new self. Concluding this study is an analysis of female options. From denial and anger the poet moves to recognition of choices open to today's woman, offering a possibility of wholeness.

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Conner, Susan Carpenter. Inside Out: Eye Imagery and Female Identity in Margaret Atwood's Poetry, thesis, May 1982; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504416/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .