Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Atwood :: Character Analysis, Kat, Disintegration
Atwood uses symbolism to convey how a personÃ¢â¬â¢s personality can disintegrate by living in a repressive society. In the beginning of the story, Kat goes through a surgery to remove a large ovarian cyst which she keeps and names Ã¢â¬Å"HairballÃ¢â¬ . This large cyst is in fact, a symbol that represents KatÃ¢â¬â¢s personality disintegration. Most cyst that develop in the human body are dysfunctional, and Kat can be seen as a dysfunctional woman when she decides to keep this cyst. Ã¢â¬Å"The cyst turned out to be a benign tumor. Kat liked that use if Ã¢â¬Ëbenign,Ã¢â¬Ë as if the thing had a soul and wished her wellÃ¢â¬ (304). This specific passage shows the readers how Kat is slowly loosing her mind by thinking that her cyst has a soul of its own. In addition, she humanizes her cyst by naming it Ã¢â¬Å"HairballÃ¢â¬ and by giving it human characteristics: Ã¢â¬Å"HairballÃ¢â¬â¢s baby teeth glint in the light; it looks as if itÃ¢â¬â¢s about to speakÃ¢â¬ (312). More over, Hairball is described as having baby teeth which can represent how it is like a baby who still developing. This developing cyst can also symbolize how Kat is trying to develop her own personality. However, this becomes a challenge for her because she lives in a society where male domination is present. She works as a photographer for an avant-garde magazine, and tries to express her ideas, but the men whom she works with donÃ¢â¬â¢t let her do so. Kat trying to develop her personality within her society leads her to become lost, and back to becoming dysfunctional just like a cyst trying to be a tumor. The author uses Hairball as a symbol to highlight how KatÃ¢â¬â¢s personality disintegrates by living in a society where gender inequality is supported. Characterization plays an important role when conveying how oneÃ¢â¬â¢s personality can disintegrate by living in a restrictive society. Although Kat is slowly loosing her mind, in the story, she is portrayed as a confident woman who tries to strive for excellence. This can be seen when she wants to name the magazine Ã¢â¬Å"All the RageÃ¢â¬ . She claims that Ã¢â¬Å"itÃ¢â¬â¢s a forties soundsÃ¢â¬ and that Ã¢â¬Å"forties is backÃ¢â¬ (311). However the board of directors, who were all men, did not approve. They actually Ã¢â¬Å"though it was too feminist, of all thingsÃ¢â¬ (311). This passage not only shows how gender opportunities is apparent in the society Kat lives in, but also shows the readers why Kat starts to loose her mind.