^::__E212-R JEAN RHYS QUESTIONS__::^
"Mannequin " (2437-42).
+ Assigned: Mannequin (2437-42).
1. Who are the young "mannequin s" aside from Anna, and how does Rhys's story develop the relationship between commercially viable "genres" (i.e. types or varieties) of femininity and the individual personalities of the store mannequins who are paid to embody and demonstrate those types? Are the characters reduced to such stereotyping in the service of fashion, or do they resist it?
2. Anna is the main cha racter, and h er pres ence brackets th is s hort story at both en ds . How i s she de scri be d at the stor y's be gi nnin g, and wha t p ur pos e does the des cript io n ser ve ? The na rrator says that Ann a ge ts h er new jo b beca use of her le gs — they gai n t he appro val o f Mad ame Ve ron 's " ;swe eping glance." ; How doe s t he re st of the na rrat ive d istance us fro m (and per haps, at times, imp li cate us in ?) th is r educ tive way of lookin g at the wome n i n t he st ory?
+ . a the main aer, and h es hss story th ens w i e erie te ors einin and ha prsoes the store annes ho are ai to o ad eonste toe te re the arate dce o ertpi in thsrce of in the eit t?
3. How do you inter pret the stor y's conc luding para graph, whi ch runs , " ;All up the str eet th e manne quins w ere c omi ng out of the s ho ps , pausing on th e p ave me nts a mome nt , makin g the m a s gay a nd a s be aut iful as be ds of flower s before they wa lked swift ly a wa y a nd the Par is nig ht swallow ed the m up" ;? Is th is a positive , vital endi ng, or do you s ee it a s c onve ying a som ber and deh uma nizing s ense of t he ma nne quins ' live s in Pa ris?
+ . inter he rsnc ra hi sot strt th ens we ci t the sos ing n h pees etin he a ay a a ets bes of er e they a t aa ade rs ig lowd the t th ative distace om and ehas te maeuins ive in ais?
- Edition: Abrams, M. H. et al. ''The Norton Anthology of English Literature,'' Vols. 2A-C. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.
+ Edition: Abrams, M. H. et al. ''The Norton Anthology of English Literature,'' Vols. 2A-C. 7th ed. New York: Norton, 2000. ISBN 2A = 0393975681, 2B = 039397569X, 2C = 0393975703.