Classics Challenge: Edible Woman Questions

July 22, 2011 at 12:10 am 2 comments

Hello, Challengers! Today marks the launch of our female-centric Classics Challenge, starting with The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood. This was Atwood’s debut novel, and as such is an excellent place to start discussing the roles of female identity — here, as it relates to the concept of consumption.

Here are the questions to keep in mind while reading:

  • What woman does the title refer to? How are the women in the book being “eaten” or consumed in different ways? Is that consumption always negative?
  • What do you make of the cake? What is Marian saying by making it and then not eating any of it herself?
  • What is the role of Marian’s eating disorder? Can you call it that, and why or why not? How does Atwood use this disorder and its physical symptoms to reflect an emotional state?
I know each question involves about ten questions, but you don’t have to answer them all! Happy reading, and I’ll see you back here for discussion on August 5.

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