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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AP Lit: Hairball analysis

By changing Gerald’s name Kat helps change and shape Gerald into whatever type of men she desires. She went from Katherine a nice innocent person to a cruel Kat who lost some part of herself. She changed his identity by changing his name. She has to get an ovarian cyst, the size of a coconut, removed. She fantasizes that she has given birth to “hairball” who she sees as the “warped child” of their failed relationship. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Eventually through Gerald’s actions Kat decides to abandon her name and change herself.

You should go back to her. Hope this comes in handy for someone! 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. She likes the thought that it will shock people. We learn that Kat’s relationship with her married lover is going sour, that he will replace her as creative director at work.


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. Mrgaret she moved up the ladder, she altered herself even more:. As she moved up the ladder, she altered herself even more: The English men were ,argaret competitive; they liked to win.

Posted by sleepy student at 1: She pronounces the name with mockery. The narrative tone is hairbsll satiric and masterfully reflects the lifestyle portrayed.

What Ahwood mean is, only Atwood could have written a story which is so absurd yet sensible, simple yet complicated, with such anger and such humour. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! That’s a chocolate bar. At university she was Kath, blunt and no-bullshit in her Take-Back-the-Night jeans and checked shirt and her bricklayer-style striped-denim peaked hat. The first—killing the Angel in the House—I solved.

Margaret Atwood and Hairball

Troubled, broken and trapped, she still manages to triumph. Soon she would be thirty, and all she could see ahead was more mzrgaret the same. She calls him Ger. Not in an overt way. Kat is a woman who loves to be extremely shocking.

Place Published New York. Reading an excerpt from the story: She has no earnestness and she scorns sincerity. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Twice she had abortions, because the men in question were not up for the alternative. She talks to the hairball, confides in it and stares at it, hypnotized. It was for an ovarian cyst, a large one. Notify me of new comments via email. She refuses to believe that she herself is shocked; that her body produced such a monstrosity.


But I want to concentrate only on the last two stanzas:. The piece shows how women may subvert their own needs and best interests by the way in which they interact with men.

This poem is very feminist: The question of how the disorder inscribed in the female body should be read—what order, exactly, is being disrupted?

She has gone from being Katherine to Kath to Kat, to K, to being “temporarily without a name. This image, however, was something that she took meticulous care to develop. Is this disruption a menace, or is it liberation?

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

It was economical, street-feline, and pointed as a nail. Hairball becomes hairballl vehicle for an ultimate bizarre act reflecting Kat’s personality disintegration. The woman is usually trapped in a place which she had built for herself, and which is now falling down on her. This is more like an advertisement to convince all of you to start reading Atwood, and in the process, jargaret, laugh at, pity and fall in love with her heroines.

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