Margaret Atwood An Abundance Of Meat Analysis

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In both passages, Attwood creates vivid depiction of an abundance of meat by deliberately using a repetition of the word “meat.” In the first passage, the writer uses this repetition to emphasise the overcompensating amount of food provided to the nobles. Contextually, both passages base around the time period where Penelope begins her marital livelihood, therefore alluding to Attwood’s time where women also had expectations thrust upon them to get married and adhere to their husband’s demands without any notion to consider about their own wellbeing. Not unlike the second passage, Attwood chooses to use this form of repetition instead of explicitly stating the huge amount of food laid out for the nobles in order to emphasise the consistency and stability in Penelope’s life. The writer presents to the readers that Penelope is a woman…show more content…
In a similar fashion, Attwood also uses a form of repetition in the second passage, where she highlights the abundance of meat by using a repetition of metaphors. Similar to the first passage, the writer draws attention to the “mountains of meat” given to the nobles. She chooses to use this specific metaphor repetition instead of plainly describing the amount of meat there is in order to give emphasis to the scale or size of the rations. In reference to Penelope’s life, this passage occurs around the time the suitors show up at her house with the absence of Odeysseus as a motive, demanding that she choose a husband to replace the once believed dead. Given this, Attwood also lives in a time where society draws a border between women and men where men are perceived as superior and women as inferior as well as are seen as disrespectful if they refuse any male’s
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