But once that hairball comes out – Kat starts to discover what real rage is. Excerpt from Wilderness Tips – by Margaret Atwood, “Hairball”. Margaret Atwood’s short story Hairball by ryan_kipp in Topics > Books – Fiction and margaret atwood short stories hairball short story canadian. The author uses Hairball as a symbol to highlight how Kat’s personality Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale The Historical Notes are important in the way.

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This image, however, was something that she took meticulous care to develop. Troubled, broken and trapped, she still manages to triumph.

Project MUSE – Hairball Speaks: Margaret Atwood and the Narrative Legacy of the Female Grotesque

Email required Address never made public. Is this disruption a menace, or is it liberation? Your summation and analysis of this story is so clearly written and I love the excitement with which you speak of Atwood. She went from Katherine a nice hakrball person to a cruel Kat who lost some part of herself. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Reading an excerpt from the story: It was hers, it was jargaret, it did not deserve to be thrown away.

EAE 4UU – SHORT STORY UNIT: Margaret Atwood’s “Hairball”

She realizes how subordinate she was to Ger all along, and now, she asserts her independence. You are commenting using your Twitter account.


If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project Awtood, click ‘Authenticate’. The hairball slowly begins to develop a rage within Kat. Kat is a woman who loves to be extremely shocking.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here She fantasizes that she has given birth to “hairball” who she sees as the “warped child” of their failed relationship. Kat shortened Gerald into Ger, eventually causing him to become a different person that is cruel and takes Kat’s job.

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. This poem is very feminist: 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 margafet Kat dubs it “hairball ” and stores it in formaldehyde on her mantelpiece.

Margaret Atwood and Hairball

Physical symptoms accompany Kat’s growing emotional confusion. She has had two abortions and “learned to say that she didn’t want children anyway. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. This poem represents everything that Atwood writes about.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Originally he’d been Gerald when they first met; it was she who transformed him, first to Gerry, then to Ger. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.


Her life began to seem long.

Hairball becomes the vehicle for an ultimate bizarre act reflecting Kat’s personality disintegration. But the second, telling the truth about my own experiences as a body, I do not think I solved.

I had to do this presentation on Margaret Atwood, and I chose to concentrate on her portrayal of female characters, by looking at her short story, Hairball.

It is difficult to say where precisely, or to say how large or how small I am: Newer Post Older Post Home. She has no earnestness and she scorns sincerity. These were two of the adventures of my professional life.

Book titles OR Mragaret titles. What you also had to make them believe was that they too could know this thing, this thing that would give them eminence and power and sexual allure, that would attract envy to them — but for a price.

But I want to concentrate only on the last two stanzas:.