Homelessness In Cat's Eye

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On the contrary, the novel Cat 's Eye, problematize the concepts of home and homelessness, in order to show how discourses of home are an extension of discourses of nation and national belonging and how these are based on exclusion and oppression. In Cat’s Eye, the visual artist Elaine Risley travels from Vancouver, where she lives in exile from her past, back to Toronto for a retrospective of her work. She starts to remember other journeys that belong to her adolescence, when her family moved from the wilderness to the city. At the time the experience of crossing the border on the way back to Toronto coincided with a movement from happiness, security, freedom and peace to a sense of loss, pain, loneliness, humiliation and the threat of more pain. As she recalls: “until we moved to Toronto I was happy.” notwithstanding the passing of time, Elaine still considers Toronto to be the wrong…show more content…
For instance, In Cat 's Eye Atwood depicts pockets of wilderness and indeterminacy which serve as a space for inscribing feminine difference, and functions as an excess term which challenges human attempts to force a particular sequence, rationality, and predictability on their surroundings, by making the wilderness `safe '. The central image of Atwood’s Cat’s Eye is clearly a blue cat’s eye marble, which re appears a number of times during the course of Elaine’s turbulent journey toward maturity. When it is introduced in chapter12 (66), where Elaine elaborates on the game of marbles itself, its value seems to be its beauty. Although she does play marbles at school risking, the loss of her cat’s eye marbles, she actually risks losing the blue one. Instead, she keeps it in her red plastic purse. Her brother, a far better shot, hides his own marbles in a glass jar that he buries deep in the
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