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The Blind Assassin. View PDF. Man Booker Prize book | Fiction | Thus begins The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood's stunning novel. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Iris Chase Griffen, married at eighteen to a wealthy industrialist but now poor and eighty- two, recalls her far from. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. • Published in , pages, Booker Prize winner. • Literary fiction, character-driven, intricately plotted, leisurely.
The novel begins with the mysterious death—a possible suicide—of a young woman named Laura Chase in These richly layered stories-within-stories gradually illuminate the secrets that have long haunted the Chase family, coming together in a brilliant and astonishing final twist. Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
For the past twenty-five years, Margaret Atwood has written works of striking originality and imagination.
In The Blind Assassin, she stretches the limits of her accomplishments as never before, creating a novel that is entertaining and profoundly serious. The novel opens with these simple, resonant words: Entitled The Blind Assassin, it is a science fiction story told by two unnamed lovers who meet in dingy backstreet rooms.
When we return to Iris, it is through a newspaper article announcing the discovery of a sailboat carrying the dead body of her husband, a distinguished industrialist. The novel has many threads and a series of events that follow one another at a breathtaking pace. As everything comes together, readers will discover that the story Atwood is telling is not only what it seems to be—but, in fact, much more.
The Blind Assassin proves once again that Atwood is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of our time. Margaret Atwood, whose work has been published in thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays.
Read An Excerpt. Paperback —. download the Audiobook Download: Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Add to Cart. About The Blind Assassin Margaret Atwood takes the art of storytelling to new heights in a dazzling new novel that unfolds layer by astonishing layer and concludes in a brilliant and wonderfully satisfying twist.
Also by Margaret Atwood. See all books by Margaret Atwood. It describes Laura, Iris and Alex "sitting under a tree" 6 , Alex being in the middle of both sisters. Later in the novel, the photograph is deconstructed by Laura, attaching different meanings to it. It becomes fragmented: one with Alex and Laura and the other one with Iris and Alex.
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The only remaining body part of the missing sister in each of these fragmented pictures is the intruding hand: "The sight of Laura's light yellow hand, creeping towards Alex across the grass like an incandescent crab, gave me a chill down the back of my spine" Here, the Photographs are symbolic of female voice and the female secrets. Otherwise, it could not have been transmitted succinctly as the female voice has not been taken into account. The most dominating aspect in the exploration of female writing s in the novel is the memoir of Iris Chase.
The majority of Iris's physical abuse even with Richard's sexual savagery and her shame as a mother who forsakes her little girl are sublimated and solidified into her language.
Through her memoir, she is able to voice her silenced experiences. Iris' recollections keeps moving in her present and past readdressing passionate mishaps like the suicide which actually uncovers all those factors which are responsible for women's making, conditioning and becoming marginalized, mute and passive objects.
By rewriting the events Iris, "appropriates her voice and writes her untold story, thus becoming a subject that shapes instead of remaining an object that has been shaped by patriarchal assumptions" She empowers her protagonists with some artistic skill to rebound against the dominating powers. Furthermore, since Iris refers to Laura as her co-patner in writing the romance The Blind Assassin, both of them seems to be mirror image of each other.
Lauraciphers her predictions and Iris decodes them. From this perspective, Laura's death seems to be a blessing in disguise for Iris as it provided her the opportunity to manipulate words to know the truth. Though,Laura is physically not present, yet she is never absent in Iris's memoir. I thought of myself as recording.
Iris often mentions, "[Laura]'s the round O, the zero at the bone. A space that defines itself by not being there at all" By writing, Iris starts to reconfigure and rediscover her relation with the other. Richard sexually abuses Irirs and Laura and thus, epitomizes the hegemonic masculinity and exibits a sexist and misogynist attitude of a patriarchal set up. Iris writes in her memoir, "When he married me he figured he'd got a bargain- two for the price of one" Thus,women are looked upon as the objects that can be bought, sold and browbeaten just for the sexual gratification of the male.
She is exploited and oppressed by man on account of her sexuality; she is the 'showcase of wealth and caste. He enjoys his physical abuse to Iris stating, "how easily I bruised….
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He favoured thighs, where it wouldn't show" Richard downgrades Iris to the position of a docile animal and expects her to be submissive and passive. As she confesses, " my job was to open my legs and shut my mouth" In this regard Catherine Mckinnon writes: it is through the social objectification of women that socialisation of gender takes place where women are seen as sexual objects meant to satisfy men's needs.
This socialisation of gender creates gendered spaces for women where, women come to identify themselves as sexual beings, as beings that exist for men…and internalise a male image of their sexuality and as their identity as women Mackinnon: Thus, "the method that is used to subjugate women is the objectification of women in sexual terms; the male perspective on society is dominant one… the relationship is founded on gender hierarchy in which men are dominant and woman are subordinate, socially, economically, politically and sexually" Alsop, Fitzsimons and Lennon: Richard relegates women to the position of object to such an extent that he aassociates Iris and Laura to fruits inorder to convey that women are just an object of consumption.
Throughout the novel women is compared to physical objects as, "Boats…busted car engines and broken lamps and radio's, items of any kind that can be fiddled with by men adroit with gadgetry, and restored to a condition as good as new" Germaine Greer emphasises Richards perception of woman as he writes, "if a woman is a food, her sex organ is for consumption also, in the form of honeypot, hair- pie, and cake or jelly-roll" Iris reaffirms her self as independent and assertive.
She stands up financial independent not only, "from Richard and from…. Laura's estate", rather she starts her own business in second-hand artefacts, in a modest way… with few pieces of animal jewellery from Richard" Thus by setting up the business Iris transforms from submissive, docile, victimized object to an assertive, independent creative non-victim subject.
Thus, Iris recasts and redefines her postion as an independent identity. She challenges the status quo of women in the patriarchal society. Iris empowers her self by writing her memoir. Writing serves as an expedient means for Iris to reclaim her identity.
Thus, she subverts the patriarchal order by writing herself through her body, which promotes, "male discourse of power in contrast to the female discourse of moral superiority, but physical weakness and fragility" Stein She resists being a puppet of patriarchal discourse rather now she prefers to be the creator of her own discourse as she says,"I was sand, I was snow-written on, rewritten, smoothed over" and at other place, "A tabula rasa, not waiting to write, but to be written on" 57 she further states, "my hand has taken a life of its own" and then, "assumes power within the culture that has silenced her and manipulated her social identity" Her memoir is all about her illicit relationship with a lower class offender and criminal, she covers her character with that of Laura.
Therefore, she masks her identity with that of Laura. The publication of the novel brings dishonour to Richard and ruins his personal,social and professional life. He is forced to retire and there after he dies due to a brain haemorrhage. He further says that the protagonists bodies display the torture and abuse inflicted on them because of their deformed existence merely asbodies.
But if they were a code, who held the key to it? She lives on the desires and directions of others. She has no right to corporeal autarachy and hence, she enables herself and her body to be defined by others. Cixous contended that women can resist and overthrow patriarchal abuses by their writings.
Cixous, Krestiva and Irigarary are of the view that language lays the foundation for gendered identity and language is predominately masculine and represents the patriarchal order and law. Therefore,women by breaking their silence and expressing themselves through writing can liberate themselves from the confines of patriarchy. In The Laugh of Medusa Cixous highlights this notion and writes that woman must write in order to liberate themselves from the subordinated position of the other: woman must write herself: must write about woman and bring woman to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies…woman must put herself into the text- as into the world and into history by her own movement " Cixous: Moi further highlights the context saying: "the speaking woman is entirely her voice; she physically materialises what she is thinking; she signifies it with her body" Substantiating that women can empower themselves by voicing their experinces and can thus emancipate from the cluches of patriarchal norms of society.
Women can embark her subjective and dynamic identity only by realizing her potential and exercising her corporeal autonomy. Iris leaves her memoir as a message to her granddaughter. By narrating her own life story Iris not only liberates herself but also intends to set the ground for Sabrina to explore her identity.
She further reveals for Sabrina: "your real grandfather was Alex Thomas, and as to who his father was, well sky is the limit…your legacy from him is the realm of infinite speculation. Thus, by leaving her memoir to Sabrina, Iris paves the avenue for her to reclaim and redefine her identity independently as per her choice. Iris memoir voices feminine experiences and redefines the status of women in the male-cantered social system.
The act of writing helps Iris to overcome her conflict between self and other.. Moreover her writing has paved the way for Sabrina to create her own identity rather than being an object to be defined by male gaze. As a child, Laura defined her. As a wife Richard defined her.
However, in her old age after the death of Laura and Richard, Iris could create her own identity. By writing her identity without Laura and Richard in her life, Iris is able to form her own perception of herself and of her family. Iris exclaims : writing is not for the enjoyment of others. Writing is personal; it is a part of you.
The only way you can write the truth is to assume that what you set down will never be read.
Not by any other person and not even by yourself…you must see the writing as emerging like a long scroll of ink from the index finger of your right hand; you must see your left hand erasing it. This imagery of 'the index finger' suggests that writing is a part of body just as the blood running through veins. The metaphor also suggests that writing is a painful process that draws out what is necessary for life. Through writing the memoir Iris proves capable of both defying female silence and controlling her own subjectivity.
No one can repress or silence her anymore; her text has made her free. By liberating herself through her autobiography Iris also encourages Sabrina to explore her identity by reconstructing herself independently. The memoir has abstractly turned into a choir where women voice their desire and wrath and voicie their disparities out of the rigid phallogocentrism.
In spite of the fact that the objective of ecriture feminine is not to mutilate men, but rather to exist together with them, we don't see a genuine fellowship amongst man and woman toward the end of the novel The Blind Assassin. Iris's joint efforts with Laura and her sacrifice for Sabrina may foresee another kind of self-persuasion to restriction.
Her sacrifice is selfless.
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For example in the name of marital relationship, familial responsibility. Writing serves as an avenue in the process of empowerment of female self. They also provide a renewed sense of their selves through the self-quest performed during each writing process. The analytical investigation in the light of ecriture feminine portrays thatartistic discourse literary writing by the female protagonistsshapes and reconfigures the identity of women that not only draws a line against man but also negotiate with it.
Hence,the concept of ecriture feminine given by Cixous is translated into reality as memoir, though fictitious, yet it serves plausably as a mirror to reflect the innate potential of female self.
Iris through writing her life story elevates and transforms her individual self and attains the subject position.
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Columbus: Ohio State UP, Sharon Rose Wilson. Tolan, Fiona. New York: Continuuum, Brooks Bouson. Cixous aimed at reconstructing the social structure by deconstructing the language which prioritizes male domination and subjugates women.
Therefore,women by breaking their silence and expressing themselves through writing can liberate themselves from the confines of patriarchy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Secondly, if the signature marked in the nameof Laura actually belongs to someone else, who is she then?
However, Laura has managed to communicate symbolically through her notebooks as Iris points out: History was blank, except for the photograph Laura had glued into it: herself and Alex Thomas at the button factory picnic, both of them now coloured light yellow, with my detached blue hand crawling towards them across the lawn …. In the end, it's the truth that matters most, though as Iris says, the truth is hard to tell.
This paper discusses the importance of autobiography for aging women in inding their voices and making sense of their lives. However, the last sentence, articulatated in the name of Laura, retaliates this phallocentric logic by execrating the Gods.
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