By Salem Press
Creation to Literary Context: American brief Fiction highlights major American brief fiction that's studied by way of highschool and undergraduate students. This quantity contains dialogue of 39 works of brief fiction, together with: Bluebeard's Egg (Margaret Atwood); every little thing that Rises needs to Converge (Flannery O'Connor); lady (Jamaica Kincaid); move Down, Moses (William Faulkner); I Stand the following Ironing (Tillie Olson); Runaway (Alice Munro); Sonny's Blues (James Baldwin); Sweat (Zora Neale Hurston); The Haunting of Hill residence (Shirley Jackson); the tale of an Hour (Kate Chopin); The Swimmer (John Cheever); to construct a hearth (Jack London); and you are gruesome, Too (Lorrie Moore).
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Christine and Don are clearly in a tense time in their relationship. Don is “under 19/10/13 12:14 AM Bluebeard’s Egg and Other Stories | 21 a lot of pressure,” and Christine wonders if it has to do with her. Christine fantasizes of being able to tell him to stay sitting in his seat to just look at her, a fantasy she finds herself unable to act upon. While they are on the tour boat, it springs a leak, though their guide ignores it. The tourists then scramble to save themselves, plugging up the leak and bailing water.
The fact that Carver was finally sober when he wrote this story directly affects the ending in which he is able to imagine a kind of optimistic hope for the narrator, whereas in earlier writing his darkened vision would arguably have left his protagonist in a more ambiguous position. Religious Context Near the beginning of the story, the narrator says Grace before they eat: “Now let us pray…pray the phone won’t ring and the food doesn’t get cold” (273); a sarcastic and irreverent comment that elicits a frown from his wife.
The landscape is being hollowed out” (“In Search of the Rattlesnake Plantain,” 271). ) Societal Context While Atwood’s work might be labeled as feminist, she does not resort to easy solutions of women triumphing over men. Instead, she looks squarely at the various tensions in relationships. While in “Bluebeard’s Egg,” Sally has a smugness about her husband Ed, she finds that he’s smarter than he seems. “Uglypuss” puts an ugly twist on female 19/10/13 12:14 AM Bluebeard’s Egg and Other Stories | 23 revenge, and while “The Salt Garden” depicts a very human woman as both a wronged wife and the “other woman,” she lives in a fantasy world.