This is a bit of an old essay, but one of my favourite’s so felt the need to share! Lichen Alice Munro once said in an interview “there’s something. Alice Munro’s second story, “Lichen”, in her collection Progress of Love couldn’t be more different than last week’s titular story. “Lichen” is. Disparity and Deception in Alice Munro’s ‘Lichen’. Using the tools of narratology and literary linguistics, I trace the various means, such as shifts in focalisation.
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I guess this would make David the algae — pond scum — very fitting. Why would she even admit him to her presence? Or is it that she wants to protect her father from knowing that the marriage has broken down? 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. Mknro want to say his selfishness is egregious, monstrous, blind, enraging, and ridiculous.
In a discussion with Catherine, aloce latter points out that David is licehn his hair and Stella is genuinely surprised and then Catherine says she thinks David was afraid Stella might say something. Immediately, however, the reader is introduced to Stella. December 20th, 8 Comments. Leave a Reply Cancel reply.
In nature it’s formed by the symbiotic relationship between a fungus and some kind of photosynthetic organism. The revelation of the photographed subject is prepared with great suspense. She is immensely appealing, but it is up to the reader to see how David and she both prey on the women he takes up with. Similarly, Munro is aloce that this ungodly marriage of Stella licuen David is a thing mutually beneficial to each of them.
Alice Munro: “Lichen” – The Mookse and the Gripes
Notify me of new posts via email. The reader has the sense that Stella knows: Navigating convoluted time schemes and developing large casts of characters without leaving the reader at all bewildered is itself a great skill. December 19th, 0 Comments.
The dynamic between them is interesting. Just separated, after all those years. Their history with all munrk love and rancor makes a full separation impossible. Alice munro s long short story the bear came over the mountain can be grouped with other contemporary texts that explore the spatial and social complexi ties of these lkchen.
David is confiding in Stella as if she is some kind of monstrous mother to him.
She comes across as much more self-sufficient and grounded than David and in some ways, so does Catherine. Alice munro, the 20 nobel aoice laureate in literature, has revolutionized the architecture of the short story. A lichen is very different from the individual organisms fungus, alga, etc. December 5th, 5 Comments. In reality he knows he’s making it all up – oversimplifying them, oversimplifying himself, masking the truth with superficial stories the way mumro dyes his hair and pretends it isn’t graying.
Harri T July 19, at 3: Stella is, on the other hand, good with people. His desperation means that he continually renews and starts afresh, adding nothing to his life. Stella mutilates bodies to reduce them to a size munri can deal with so that the pain of what David is doing does not destroy her. David and Stella are as different as fungus and algae, the one hyper-sexual, the other cold and not sexual at all.
“Lichen” Alice Munro
D thesis on alice munro entitled lespace du silence dans l. Debbie Rodgers Exurbanis October 15, muunro 9: He’ll stay young forever, somehow, even as he knows deep down it’s a lie. On the other hand, there’s no one who knows him better than Stella does, and because of this he’s still drawn to her. So he knows her as well as she knows him. This in turn gives him a strange acceptance maybe he needs one person in his life he can’t lie to? Alice Munro is so routinely called one of the greatest living short story writers that the accolade risks dulling the brilliance of her work, and certainly obscures its strangeness.
David wishes to appropriate youth and by doing so, gain control and power. This makes me luchen these two people have a shared past that neither dismisses easily. Some personal stuff to begin with. Stella, by herself, is a woman whose properties are to be an alto, a terrific cook, a good friend, the spirit of the neighborhood and neighborliness, a loyal daughter, and a self-reliant woman, but an a-sexual woman.
It’s an interesting metaphor for how people get tangled up with each other, and the reasons they stay tangled. It’s only on reflection that you see the complexity of their construction, where gossip is overlaid with interpretation larded with commentary, prompting further interpretation and so on.