The Secret Shelf

The Secret Shelf

Tension and Violence Between Men and Women in Three Short Stories in The Secret Self
Introduction
The purpose of this essay is to study various kinds of tension and violence existing between men and women in short stories Her Table Spread by Elizabeth Bowen, Rope by Katherine Anne Porter and The Time of Death by Alice Munro. In my essay I will view the character features of the principal characters seen mainly from the point of view of the opposite sex. Its my intention to show that the authors sex influences the contents of the short stories. I,m also going to find out whether the violence is physical or mental.
Her Table spread by Elizabeth Bowen will be discussed in chapter one. I will prove that there is one very dominating woman who, perhaps unknowingly and unintentionally, uses violence against the principal male character of the story. Im also going to show that the man, who creates most tension between a man and a woman and who in fact may have the leading role, is only mentioned by name, he is not in the story itself.

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