The novel is Set in 1960’s Toronto and the story revolves around Marian Mcalpin and her engagement in different spheres of her life be it her career, personal and emotional life. The storyline and tale of The Edible Woman revolves around Marian Mcalpin, a woman who has graduated and has started working as an interviewer for a food corporation, and has a good-looking boyfriend named Peter Wollander. Peter has an amiable image as he is physically well built, earns good money as a lawyer, and exhibits the Stereotypical and orthodox behaviour of a gentleman. In Contrast the novel has with Peter there is Marian’s Lover namely Duncan. He is an undergraduate student, has unhealthy eating habits and his behaviour fraudulent and damages the image of a successful man. In the story, there exits a love triangle between Marian, Peter and Duncan, which is represented and portrayed by by doll figures that point towards their posture in society.
Marian, the female protagonist of the classic Canadian literature The Edible women resist, struggle and fight in opposition to between the role, functions and responsibility that society has forced upon her and her own meaning of self and identity. The food in this novel plays a very significant role and thus becomes the symbol and representation of that struggle and fight and her ultimate revolt.
Her act of not consuming food is a response and a reaction to the social pressure that has been thrust upon her by force. This act of Marian is a protest a modern and patriarchal society. Towards the end of the novel she rebuilds a new personality and quality through a renewed and refresh relationship to food. Through the eating routine of Marian, Margaret Atwood have revealed the Differences and variation between forcefully culturally constructed roles of women and experience and understanding realities.
The place in which Marian McAlpin works, it is worth of noticing that all the important responsible, reputable and highly regarded positions belongs to the men and the women have no independence, sovereignty due to the reason that marriage and pregnancy are restricted by these women in their service. As it is noticeable from the lines from the text that says that pregnancy acts as an Act of disloyalty and treachery to the company” ( Atwood 21). Marian feels infuriated and livid by the comment made by the man whom she interrogates him. The man said that Marian should have been at home with some strongly build man to take care of her (Atwood 52).The choices that society offers to women open to woman are very limited. Despite the fact that she works, Marian has to face the reality of capitalism and the role and the function that that society offers to femininity. Margaret Atwood, through the portrayal of character like Marian reveals the Hypocrisy of the patriarchal and male dominated society and attempts to expose and sabotage the constructs that have confined women to the barriers.
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