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The essays are ideal for those taking examinations in English Literature. I think that one of the less obvious themes is imagination. A plain brooch would transform her white uniform into a bright and colourful stage costume.
The fact that the nanny never spoke about her past experiences in the circus, did not stop the children from fantasizing about her death-defying acts; in fact it allowed their imagination to wander as they pictured the nanny standing on the backs of roaring lions with a ferocious tiger draped around her neck.
The child looks with terror through the bamboo cage. The fear of the children is comparable to the way animals may be frightened of the cat trainer and his whip.
When she fed them they imagined they were eating hunks of sanguineous meat. Any object in her hand immediately transformed into a lashing whip. Two important themes of the story are imprisonment and hidden identity. Anna, who had been used to a poor, rough life, was taken into a proper home but in a way, imprisoned.
She had to be careful with the way she acted and spoke, to reveal nothing of her true personality. Her new family tried to eliminate her wild habits. In this same way, felines in the circus are forced to become tame and gentle. They are also imprisoned. This leads into the next theme: This is another way in which the nanny is compared to a circus cat.
Both of them are trained into being gentle.
Poverty could be considered another theme in the story. Anna is compared to an alley cat in the part of her life she spent in poverty, like a dirty alley cat foraging for food in the streets and begging. The fact that Anna is gnawing at a great piece of meat that could represent her husband shows the savage aspect of the cat-woman that had always been in her.
Her wild cat-like behaviour is emphasised in the first part of the quoted paragraph where she is seen as a sanguinary creature tearing at a piece of freshly killed animal. In my eyes the piece of meat and the fact that she is so savagely attacking it, symbolise her rough, wild personality, her true identity which was often hidden.
When the author says Anna snarls at the people who want to take the piece of meat away, I think she means Anna refuses to let her wild nature be taken from her. She roars triumphantly because despite all the attempts of domestication, she has emerged victorious by remaining untamed.An Examination of the Story, Circus Cat Alley Cat PAGES 2.
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Exactly what I needed. - . Her novels, Fire one the Mountain, won the Sahitya Akademi award for and finally wrote Circus Cat Alley Cat. Desai’s short stories have been collected under the title Games at Twilight (). Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years.
We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state. Authors who have published a lot of stories on the Nifty Archive. Aug 26, · A woman's need for family life and motherhood make her an alley cat.
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