Madame Bovary 2 Essay

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? One of Munro's trademarks is her ambivalent presentation of characters. Choose three characters from the novel and show how they support this claim.Whenever I find myself thinking about the years I spent in junior high and high school the memory of my grade eight-math class stands out. Math was never my favorite subject; therefore, I never really enjoyed math class. I remember clearly the first day I set my foot in my grade eight-math class I thought to myself how awful it was going to be to spend another year studying math. Little to my knowledge, all of my negative anticipations about math were about to change. My change of heart about math came about because of my teacher. From the ...view middle of the document...

The three ambivalent characters that I want to talk about are Uncle Bill, Uncle Benny and Naomi.The first ambivalent character that I found was Uncle Bill. Uncle Bill was generous to Ada and Del on her visit, but had a corrupt past and present. He was Ada's younger brother who she hated and she always said that: "He was evil, bloated, cruel. A cruel fat boy, he fed firecrackers to cats. He tied up a toad and chopped it to pieces. He drowned my kitten, in the cow trough, through he afterwards denied it. Also he used to caught me and tied me up in the barn and tortured me." (Munro, p. 84) Del hadn't seen her Uncle since she was so young, but one day when they were still living in Jubilee, while Del was shoveling, she saw a stranger came out of the car right towards her, "He kissed me on the cheek. A sweetish sour masculine smell; shaving lotion, uneasy stomach, clean starched shirt and some secret hairy foulness." (Munro, p. 90) He introduced himself as Uncle Bill to Del, and he was really her mom's American brother, meanwhile the door opened on the other side of the car and a tall lady got out, and Uncle Bill introduced her as his new wife, she was so young and perfect. Uncle was corrupted in that he "bought" Nile - his wife - a woman much younger than himself by buying her jewelry and Jews. Ada believed that Nile didn't care about Uncle Benny and she believed that, "She married him just for a meal ticket." (Munro, p.100) After a while Uncle Bill left the house for the grocery shopping with Del. He bought so many things such as coffee, canned fruit, pudding mixes, macaroni dinners, figs, cheese, dates, powders, tinned oysters and so many other stuffs, and that wasn't all, he also stopped at the pastry shop and bought lots of things from there too. At this point Del was afraid to look at anything, in fear that he would buy it. She thought to her self, "I saw now that too much really might be too much. Even Owen might in the end have been depressed by this idiot largesse, which threw the whole known system of rewards and delights out of kilter." (Munro, p. 94) Some days later Ada burst out to Del in tears and said that Uncle Bill was dying and that he left them 300 dollars in his will.The second character, which had an ambivalent characteristic, was Uncle Benny, he was a kind and caring person but he was also a limited person. Uncle Benny, who wasn't Dels' Uncle or in any way related to the characters, offers a metaphor for the structural and thematic organization of the novel. Benny's world, his home, was awash with trivial everyday objects such as, a wealth of wreckage, a whole rich dark, rotting mess of carpets, linoleum, parts of furniture, tools and etc. But meanwhile he was such a...

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