? 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 first day of class I found myself fascinated by my teachers method of teaching, her attitude and the way she treated us the students. I immediately felt a strong bond with her a bond that I had never felt before with any of my other teachers. There was something about Ms. Smith that allowed me to put aside my bases about math and for once in my life look at the subject with a more objective approach.
My best friend was also in the same math class that I was in but much to my surprise she on the other hand hated math class. Her dislike of math class was solely based on the fact that she didn't like our math teacher. She thought that our math teacher was a horrible teacher who couldn't teach and her attitude problems. It was quit astonishing how I could only concentrate on Ms. Smith's positive attributes while my best friend was only able to the negative things of our teacher. Now that I think back I realize that our grade eighth teacher had both the positive and negative attributes. The only reason why my best friend and I had two very different opinions about her personality was because of the way we perceived her.
Likewise in the book “Lives of girls and women” Munro presents characters in an ambivalent way because it’s for more realistic. 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.”