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Analysis Of Literary Features On Cat's Eye By Margaret Atwood.

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This passage from Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood, illustrates the alikeness between Elaine and Cordelia by comparing the girls and the old ladies in the streetcar. Detailed descriptions of the characters contribute to highlighting different themes like friendship, disguising one’s true identity and the notion of time. These are highlighted through various literary features such as metaphor and imagery.The passage shows a relationship between two girls, Cordelia and the narrator. They seem to be friends in the passage as it is mentioned by the narrator that ‘[they] think [they] are friends’. The phrase ‘we think’ reflects the narrator’s uncertainty about her friendship with Cordelia. Yet, there are many references to them being almost twin-like and identical in the way they dress and act. ‘We’re impervious, we scintillate, we are thirteen’- the use and repetition of the inclusive pronoun ‘we’ further highlights their alikeness. Even though they are friends, the reader is able to sense the narrator’s inferiority to Cordelia through her tone of voice. It is shown through her comments such as ‘I am almost as good’ or that Cordelia is ‘opaque and glinting’ that the narrator admires or wants to be like Cordelia.The detailed descriptions of the appearance of the ‘old ladies’ on the streetcar highlights the theme of superficiality. The descriptions show that the narrator’s bias on people stems from their outer appearances, as shown in her observations such as ‘some are respectably dressed’ and ‘others are poorer and foreign looking’. Further, her comment that ‘Cordelia can tell cheap cloth at a glance’ once again reinforces Cordelia’s superiority and her attitude towards superficiality. These attitudes of young girls like the narrator and Cordelia convey how prejudices are deeply embedded in our society.Metaphors like ‘costumes’ and ‘stage props’, were used to describe people’s willingness to disguise their true identity; ‘costumes’ are normally worn by actors who are impersonating someone else. Description of the old ladies’ make-up further highlights the theme of hiding a true identity of one. The ladies on the streetcar dye their hair ‘straw-blonde or...

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