In contrast, there is no suggestion in this, the title story. Her speaking of children amazed me too, for I never meant to have any.
As this vision develops throughout her work, Munro increasingly recognizes the difficulty of defining the two sides of the split, of drawing a sharp boundary.
Yet her perception of "the world" a garrison of survivors and of "the other country" a land of misfits remains central. Del Jordan is, in her own words, "a chameleon," and each chapter of Lives of Girls and Women depicts a different crisis in her search for a liveable compromise between "the world" and "the other country.
I wish to concentrate here on the parallel crises from chapter to chapter and on the function of the mass of surrounding detail. Munro uses this chapter to set up the landmarks of her vision, part of which she accomplishes through symbolic geography; she sharply distinguishes between the town of Jubilee and the Flats Road where the Jordans and an assortment of drunks, bootleggers, and idiots live.
A tortured and variable woman, Ada on some occasions speaks for "the world" and on others for what "the world" fears and despises.
In this chapter her exuberant walks into town place her in opposition to the Flats Road misfits among whom she lives. For Ada at this point, Jubilee represents society, sociability, propriety, and the suppression of the "drunkenness" and "sexual looseness, dirty language, haphazard lives, contented ignorance" that she has to put up with on the Flats Road.
It is Uncle Benny, however, who epitomizes the pole of "the other country. He believes in people making millions by raising rabbits and budgies. He believes in ghosts, the active spirits of the dead. It is at his shack that Del gorges her imagination on sensational newspapers that tell horrendous stories of violence and depravity.
No such threatening vision of the chaos and potential terror of life is recognized by the garrison, and Del has enough intuition not to take these papers home where Ada will see them.
But when Benny returns from an unsuccessful trip to Toronto where he has been searching for his wife, he tells a story of such loss and confusion and describes such a chaotic world that for a moment even Ada, clinging to her ordered garrison viewpoint, is made to face the dark side of life: And upstairs seemed miles above them, dark and full of the noise of the wind.
Up there you discovered what you never remembered down in the on the sea, in the middle of a tide of howling weather.
When Del writes his address for him, she starts with his name and moves logically and empirically outward, ending with "The World, The Solar System, The Universe.
The dimensions of "the other country" as revealed by Benny, a Munro visionary, present a double hook. By opening his mind to the chaos alive in existence, he is also open to the great possibilities of creation and joy, a knowledge sadly lacking in the town so ironically named Jubilee.
Apparently one is not had without the other, and the image of the Ark, evoking both destruction and terror and faith in a Creator capable of such destruction, suggests the mystery of this truth.
This is the easy part of her life, as the chapter title, "The Flat Roads," suggests. In later chapters, Uncle Benny is to appear only occasionally, however, and Del alone moves deeper into her dilemma willing neither to accept the consequences of the double hook of "the other country" nor to commit herself to the safe and joyless order of Jubilee.
Their bachelor and spinster household is a bastion of order. Uncle Craig is the direct opposite of Uncle Benny, for Craig perceives a reassuring pattern in everyday events: Though my parents always listened to the news and were discouraged or relieved by what they heard mostly discouraged, for this was early in the warI had the feeling that, to them as to me, everything that happened in the world was out of our control, unreal yet calamitous.
Uncle Craig was not so daunted. He saw a simple connection between himself, handling the affairs of the township, troublesome as they often were, and the prime minister in Ottawa handling the affairs of the country.
Both projects represent an attempt to reveal a "Mole solid, intricate structure of lives" under the chaotic variety of day-to-day life, "a great accumulation of the most ordinary facts which it was his business to get in order" pp.
It is fitting that a man who appoints himself such tasks is a township clerk, responsible for marriage and other permits, the regulating dispensations of the social garrison. Their sphere is domestic, and they often find themselves opposed to Ada, who in this chapter represents a voice from "the other country.
Del, during her summer visits to them, is aware of the contrast and feels a tinge of betrayal towards her mother. Yet Del, unlike Ada, is sensitive enough to perceive the dangers in a world where conversation "had many levels, nothing could be stated directly" and where disapproval "came like tiny razor cuts, bewilderingly in the middle of kindness" p.
The garrison world is structured so intricately that it seems just as hazardous as it is secure. Del encounters death, the ultimate darkness, in this chapter when Uncle Craig dies and she attends his wake with her mother.In Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women (), Del this revisionist archetype by placing the lives of marginalized women at the center of her novel, the themes of typically celebrates a young male character's incorpoaration into the world of culture.
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Description: "Real Life" is the title Nobelist Alice Munro originally gave her novel "Lives of Girls and Women." The words apply to the autobiographical nature of the book and to many of Munro's stories but also to their mode of representation (literary realism) and to their uncanny power to reach out to readers in their own lives.
Analysis and discussion of characters in Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women. These are “lives,” not “The Lives,” of girls and women. In . Feminist perspective of Alice Munro's fiction. Pages. Feminist perspective of Alice Munro's fiction.
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