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Author Study: Margaret Atwood Curated by Samuel Yang '18

A LibGuide on the finest living Canadian novelist, poet, environmental & human rights activist

Cat's Eye

In Cat’s Eye, Elaine travels back to Toronto for an art exhibition and is constantly in flashbacks of her relationship with Cordelia. Through defining her identity, Elaine explores her role as a mother, a wife, an artist, and a woman. As Elaine tells us her past, we learn exactly why she is so distant, so disengaging, and so distrusting. She is a victim of childhood bullying and it is much more serious in the world Elaine lives in than it says in the papers. While Atwood’s other books explore the cruel relationship between men and women, this book is more vivid on the cruelty between women and women. As a result, every action Elaine takes, every brushstroke she paints, and every artwork she makes is to heal this wound of hers.