HAIRBALL MARGARET ATWOOD PDF

These were two of the adventures of my professional life. The first—killing the Angel in the House—I solved. She died. But the second, telling the truth about my own experiences as a body, I do not think I solved.

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Genre: Short Story. This well crafted story concerns a contemporary woman in her thirties who undergoes significant personal losses; in fact, she seems to lose or lack an identity. Over the years, Kat, an "avant garde" fashion photographer, has altered her image, even her name, to suit the situation and the times. She has had two abortions and "learned to say that she didn't want children anyway. The story begins when Kat undergoes surgical removal of a rare and peculiar ovarian tumor containing hair, teeth, bones the clinical term is a dermoid cyst ; Kat dubs it "hairball " and stores it in formaldehyde on her mantelpiece.

We learn that Kat's relationship with her married lover is going sour, that he will replace her as creative director at work. She fantasizes that she has given birth to "hairball" who she sees as the "warped child" of their failed relationship. Physical symptoms accompany Kat's growing emotional confusion. Hairball becomes the vehicle for an ultimate bizarre act reflecting Kat's personality disintegration. She has gone from being Katherine to Kath to Kat, to K, to being "temporarily without a name.

The narrative tone is almost satiric and masterfully reflects the lifestyle portrayed. The piece shows how women may subvert their own needs and best interests by the way in which they interact with men. Further, the story reminds us that abortion and surgery on reproductive organs can never be taken lightly, by patient or by physician.

The implications, even when not consciously acknowledged, may be profound. Primary Source Wilderness Tips. Toggle navigation. Annotated by: Aull, Felice. Date of entry: Nov Summary This well crafted story concerns a contemporary woman in her thirties who undergoes significant personal losses; in fact, she seems to lose or lack an identity. Commentary This story addresses the emptiness and superficiality that is pervasive in some segments of contemporary Western culture, and particularly it addresses the impact of the culture on the modern woman--the woman of the eighties and nineties.

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The Hairball on the Mantelpiece

Genre: Short Story. This well crafted story concerns a contemporary woman in her thirties who undergoes significant personal losses; in fact, she seems to lose or lack an identity. Over the years, Kat, an "avant garde" fashion photographer, has altered her image, even her name, to suit the situation and the times. She has had two abortions and "learned to say that she didn't want children anyway. The story begins when Kat undergoes surgical removal of a rare and peculiar ovarian tumor containing hair, teeth, bones the clinical term is a dermoid cyst ; Kat dubs it "hairball " and stores it in formaldehyde on her mantelpiece. We learn that Kat's relationship with her married lover is going sour, that he will replace her as creative director at work.

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Margaret Atwood and Hairball

IN "Hack Wednesday," one of the most engaging stories in Margaret Atwood's third volume of short fiction, "Wilderness Tips," a middle-aged newspaper columnist sizes up men in an unusual way: "She can just look at a face and see in past the surface, to that other -- child's -- face which is still there. She has seen Eric [her husband] in this way, stocky and freckled and defiant, outraged by schoolyard lapses from honor. Almost every one of the 10 stories in this collection superimposes the past upon the present in an unsettling, often startling manner, which conjures up a sense of the mysterious in even the most banal relationships. The first story, "True Trash," a deceptively easy going coming-of-age tale, accustoms us to the author's bold leaps in time.

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