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Narrator, Part 3, Chapter 27 his above all, to refuse to be a victim. Sources:,, New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Barometer Couple Symbolizes the ways couples are forever bound together Dead Heron Stands for the spread of destructive American culture Water Represents the depth of the narrator’s subconscious Symbols Narrator’s passive-aggressive boyfriend; loves her but takes out his insecurities on her Joe Anna’s selfish, exploitative husband; emotionally abuses her and harasses the narrator David Narrator’s friend; copes with unhappiness by having affairs and maintaining appearances Anna Grieving woman; grapples with a repressed memory of an affair and abortion Narrator Main Characters As a child, Atwood spent half of each year in the northern wilderness of Canada. The experience of living in a remote cabin with no electricity, coupled with the experience of being a woman in a time of rapid cultural change, helped shape the conflicts—internal MARGARET ATWOODBORN 1939 Author In the woods, she experiences delusion, spiritual transformation, and epiphany. Part 3 As she questions her father’s whereabouts, a painful suppressed memory arises. Part 2 A woman travels to her childhood home to investigate her father’s disappearance. Part 1 As the narrator investigates her father’s disappearance, she must confront her emotions, memories, and feelings of separation from others. Her journey of healing takes her through grief and pain before she emerges whole and ready to embrace her own power. A Quest for Wholeness OVERVIEW English Original Language 1972 Year Published Margaret Atwood Author Surfacing Drama Novel

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