The Ice Garden Analysis

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Deceiving Looks and Humanity’s Obsession with Them Analysis of “Ice Garden” by Moira Crone The issue with the importance of the appearence have been around for a very long time. As soon as the human started civilizing a little by little, an obsession with perfection appeared. In the novel The Ice Garden by Moira Crone, beauty and its influence on the 1960s woman play major roles. In it, humanity´s obsession with looks, that often may be deceiving, is shown through the plot, the characters and the way they are developed throughout, and the word/expression choice. The desire to be ideal has been a goal, that people have been trying to achieve for a very long time, even though they know it is impossible. Moira Crone, using key pieces of…show more content…
Firstly, there is Claire, the older daughter and the speaker, telling the story. On one occasion she admits having fantasies about the future, where she will be beautiful: “...and I would always begin them by saying, “On this night in the future, when I am beautiful…” (p.56). Thought from a very young age that women need to be physically appealing, her mind is wrapped up around these thoughts. They have become a fix idea for her. Furthermore, later in the novel she mentions: “I confess I felt it a flaw in my own makeup sometimes, how I didn’t make a judgement about Sweetie’s looks before I fell in love with her.” (p.74). Because of the connection between looks and love, created by society, ththe speaker sometimes feels bad about loving her own sister. This one moment from Claire’s life shows the messed up way stereotypes have influenced people’s minds. Secondly, there is the father. In his case we can observe an obsession with the past image of Dian. Claire shares with us this information early in the story and adds that all he wanted was his beautiful wife, that sadly is not the same anymore. When Aunt C talks with him, she says that he was so in love with the looks of the mom, that he had to have her. He married her, despite the fact that he barely knew her and like everybody else, became obsessed with her prettiness. Every decision, that is made, however, has…show more content…
Firstly, there is the word that is used constantly though the development of the story - beautiful. By repeating it, the author emphasizes on its importance for the meaning of the novel. Secondly, there is the moment when Claire describes her mother as a “creature” (p.77). By choosing this word, Crone illustrates her as some kind of a mythical creature, an angel in order to show her irresistibility. The last word combination I chose, however, shows the darker part to Diana’s personality. After Claire and her father return from their short trip, she gets very jealous and compares her daughter to a “little b****” (p.90). By making her say something as bad as this, the author puts on the stage the messed up half of Diana - the part, that very little people have seen. By doing this, she depicts the topic about deceiving looks and shows us that the shell that people live in do not always match with the
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