This is particularly tragic for Stella. David is a rich, sickly character. As David turns the car into the lane, Stella steps out of the bushes, holding a colander full of berries. She is a short, fat, white-haired woman, wearing jeans and a dirty T-shirt. There is nothing underneath these clothes, as far as he can see, to support or restrain any part of her. Older than the house?
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Stella is unsurprised, and this show-and-tell routine is familiar to her, but it is unsettling for the reader, who has not even yet gotten a sense of Catherine. Immediately, however, the reader is introduced to Stella. As David drives up, Stella steps out of the bushes, where she has been picking berries.
There is nothing underneath these clothes, as far as he can see, to support or restrain any part of her. David always visits him on these annual treks as well, bringing a bottle for the old man. For all that David harshly critiques and challenges her, she remains staid and seemingly undisturbed.
She knows that while Catherine is cast in the light, what appeals most to David is Dina, who exists only in the shadows. The sufferer must forgo sympathy, give up on dignity, cope with the ravages. Love can make you mean. If you feel dependent on somebody, then you can be mean to them. I understand that in David.
This is why he is no longer married to Stella. She was bloated with all she knew. Dina is fresh. Between them is the dark blot she called moss, or lichen. It suits the lakeside setting, but it also suits the theme of the story, for lichen is a type of fungus that develops a symbiotic relationship with algae. Stella sees the lichen in Dina, in the blurred photograph, but she is the crusty coating on the rock that creates the environment in which David once thrived.
LICHEN ALICE MUNRO PDF
In Lichen, his sentiment is expanded to show that men find aging equally problematic. Munro represents bodies through idealization and fragmentation to show the humiliating effect this has on both men and women. Both Stella and David, the main characters, are middle-aged. But it is obvious that David is struggling to accept the process. Aging is about bodies for David. David fragments the body into a list of parts and depersonalizes both men and women, turning them into mere flesh, thereby allowing them to become disposable and replaceable.
Dougor I love short stories but although i have read munro before, i have never quite clicked with any of hers. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. David fragments the body into a list of parts and depersonalizes both men and women, turning them into mere flesh, thereby allowing them to become disposable and replaceable. Why would she even admit him to her presence? The progress of love collects eleven of alice munros short stories. Inability to be sexual?
“Lichen” Alice Munro