A Critical Study of Mae Cameron

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A Critical Study of Mae Cameron In Margaret Laurence’s novel a Jest of God, Mae Cameron plays a critical role in the development of the main character as well as the plot. Mae Cameron’s fear of isolation in turn causes Rachel not to develop as a person. Mae is so worried about being left alone that she will stop at nothing to keep Rachel by her side. Mae Cameron isolates Rachel physically by keeping her home on bridge nights to serve refreshments to her friends, “Well, dear you do what you think best. I’d never suggested you shouldn’t go. Only on a bridge night- well, never mind. We’ll just have to stop playing while I do the serving, that’s all”(Laurence 106). Mae isolates Rachel emotionally by trying to control her relationship with Nick. She tells Rachel how inappropriate it is to date a Ukrainian and at that, the milkman’s son. Mae is most defiantly unwilling to let Rachel arrive at her own decisions “ Rachel, do you think you should go out this evening dear? It’s up to you, of course dear, but I would have thought what with getting back to school and everything”(Laurence 178). Mae is always second
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This note was uploaded on 01/30/2012 for the course ENG 1401 taught by Professor Johnharwood during the Spring '11 term at Harvard.

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