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Nathan Aime Professor Decker Literature 221 28 July 2011 Janus: A Reflection of Andrea The significance of the title to Beattie’s “Janus” is the fact that the original Janus is a Roman god — the god of gates and doors, of beginnings and endings. Janus is represented as a head with two faces looking in opposite directions. Sometimes one face has a beard while the other does not (Lindemans 1). The beginnings and endings part of Janus’ description makes sense to me in context of the story—the bowl suggests the ending of a past relationship, and perhaps her current relationship, and an infinite number of new relationships. Andrea was deceitful, in that she hid a relationship from her husband. Andrea is like the Roman god, Janus, when she experiences loss of her lover and has a diminished replacement of him with a bowl which she has a hidden attachment to; all the while she lives her life without her husband knowing about this other side as Andrea tries to reconcile two worlds. In ''Janus,'' Andrea, a successful suburban real-estate agent, uses a glazed bowl of her
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