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Atwood And Lahiri's Death By Landscape And Sexy: Girls Finding Their Inner Woman

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“Death by Landscape” and “Sexy”, two short stories written by two very different authors; although different they share some similarities. “Death by Landscape’s” Margret Atwood is a Canadian writer who began writing in the early 1950s during her teens. Atwood published “Death by Landscape” in 1990 during the time in which the female faculty of Victoria College vocalized about feminism, Atwood since has portrayed her non-male characters with female power and promise in a man's world. The author of “Sexy” is Jhumpa Lahiri an Indian woman whose first literary collection debuted in 1999. Her common language and characters that resemble foreigners from India coming to America often characterize ...view middle of the document...

Both authors talk about a main female character struggling with seeing who they are, Lois from “Death by Landscape”, a woman lost in time because her best friend has disappeared with no trace and Miranda from “Sexy” which is about a girl who pursues an affair with a married man and becomes so attached she almost detaches from the reality of the situation. These short stories while in context and initial meaning are different a similar motif is brought forth by both Atwood and Lahiri. The theme of sense of place in the world is apparent in both works. Jhumpa Lahiri does so in “Sexy” when she writes that appearances begin to fall flat. Miranda decides to purchase a silver dress; black stockings and high heels, fantasizing about the dinner date Dev will take her on. In a way, Miranda is playing dress up. As she talks about the boys in high school and college she’s dated, we assume that she has recently graduated from college herself and is somewhat aimless with where her life is exactly headed. On the other hand Atwood says her character Lois’ heart longs to be able to be find her lost friend Lucy in someway. Lois begins to conclude that though Lucy is still gone she still exists somewhere because at a point near the end of the story she states dead bodies are still bodies. Atwood is demonstrating here that while collecting these paintings, the idea of Lucy has become more and more docile in Lois’ heart but never the more is it still...

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