Annie Proulux Job History Analysis

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Stage 1 English Text analysis Sace# 798905X “How does writer Annie Proulux’s use the stylistic features of setting, symbolism and assumed gender roles to explore concepts?” No one has time to listen to the news- with to what seems like a never ending cycle of quiet disappointment Annie Proulux’s “Job history” follows the life of Leeland Lee a high school dropout in Cora, Wyoming attempting to find a stable successful career in a country going through a recession to support his wife and children. Ideas of discontent and human impact are exemplified through stylistic features of setting, symbolism and assumed gender roles. Throughout the story the radio news is heard at key intervals of Leelands life. This use of symbolic transition can be seen…show more content…
This is typified through the report of a cult influencing its members to commit suicide via the consumption of poison on the radio. Similarly Leelands decisions of intercourse with his partner Lori resulting in the impregnation of his wife which furthermore adds to the finical complications present in Leelands life. In the final instance of the story instead of using the stylistic feature of a story that correlates with that of Leelands flawed decisions, Proulux’s exemplifies contempt with the line “nobody has time to listen to the news”. The idea of Leelands not having time for the news demonstrates the idea of content with his life with no occurrence of significant change acting as an indication that Leeland has finally found…show more content…
This is exemplified when Leelands youngest daughter is advised to “keep quiet” by Lori after being sexually assaulted by one of Leelands hunting buddies while being taken home from babysitting. The daughter was advised this in order to refrain from a potential complication to the friendship of Leeland and his friend regardless of the daughter being the true victim on the situation Leeland was seen as the one who would suffer from the situation. Throughout the story women are also referred to or treated, in some instances as items rather than people. An example being the first time the audience was introduced to Lori and she was described as “Looking the confection in pastel sweater sets” being more so likened to that of piece of candy rather than a human. Lori later on in the story is seen as a “good ride” to Leeland showing her to be that of a tool for intercourse to Leeland. Throughout the story Lori saw no real character development of focus the most prominent action of her character was falling pregnant or giving birth, thus furthermore demonstrating the assumed gender role of women being a tool of sexual relief and reproduction rather than an a economic provider or important
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