Meta-fictional and Self-reflexive
OS and DBL ask us to piece together what happened like it asks of the story's characters.
Atwood places emphasis on controlling a narrative, especially if it's about a mystery - and DBL is -
Trying to control the wilderness, but it extends to trying to control the narrative.
Lois receives nature as an inconvenience. It's intrusive. "the muscular little suckers getting into the
o Her choice of housing is how she tries to control it.
o Lois tries to confront nature in a very mediated way - her group of seven artist's collection
She seeks it out in these paintings - contrast to the European standard.
For the artists, the Canadian landscape is unspoiled. "rough bush, interlaced
269 - her emotional wanting for something in the paintings.
Her need/lack of ability to try and control the narrative and Lucy's disappearance.
She can't understand what took place on the camping trip.
When Lois and Lucy go on a canoe trip, Lucy disappears into the wilderness
280-top: "it made her feel cold, there was nothing"
281: the insistence and lack of … on Lucy's disappearance.
Expression of Lois' disposition of Lucy's disappearance.
Shows ingredients of how Lois can understand and retell Lucy's
Atwood's clues to Lucy's disappearance:
o Troubled home life?
o 80-top: Lois hears a raven croaking - gothic sign about something in nature (animal or
otherwise) attacked Lucy or at least caused her disappearance?
Lois is involved?
Lois sitting in Cathy's office:
o Putting together a coherent rational explanation is Lois and Cathy's problem - to tell the
story to recover, but they're challenged in that seeking out of resolution.
o Ideas and theories are based on really just judgements of characters, and not on any
o Cathy needs a rational explanation signified by all these losses that Cathy experiences.
o 282: Lois later understood the meaning of Cathy's interview - to find a real story
Atwood leaves us with that "senseless vacancy" - refuses to give us the answers
o The consequences for Lois, not being able to understand what happened.
Cathy takes advantage of Lois and her age, her youthfulness, her innocence in trying
to piece the story together.
Cathy constructs a narrative around Lois' culpability to try and satisfy her need.
Lois feels loss and a sort of guilt. This is how the art answers the feeling of loss and disposition, gives Lois the
ability to refrain the experience of losing Lucy.
Lois Lane I Love Lucy
Stable, middle class home Wealthy but dysfunctional
Her dad has both eyes - she sees her life Her dad lost an eye because of
as boring shrapnel
o Lois could not control the narrative, but the art offers her a chance of reflecting on that loss.
o The paintings capture what is the threat of the wilderness.
Atwood takes a mystery and does not restore the order of the universe - like these stories typically
o Not the tidy, curving type of narrative, but a maze that you can be t