Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis)
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. It provides a thorough exploration of the novel’s plot, characters and main themes, including the lasting effects of bullying and the power of memory to shape the present. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 50-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of Margaret Atwood
- Presentation of Cat’s Eye
- Summary of Cat’s Eye
- Character study
- Elaine’s mother
- Analysis of Cat’s Eye
- Friendship and bullying
- Chronology and perspective
About Cat’s Eye
Cat’s Eye tells the story of Elaine Risley, a successful painter who has returned to her native Toronto for a retrospective of her work. When she was a child, she was mercilessly bullied by a trio of girls, Cordelia, Grace and Carol, with Cordelia as the instigator and ringleader. In spite of the lasting trauma of this experience, she maintained a turbulent friendship with Cordelia, who suffered problems of her own as she grew up. Elaine’s return to Toronto proves the catalyst for a reflection on her past and the myriad ways it has shaped her work and identity.
About Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer who is best known for her novels, including Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale, which have both recently been adapted for television, as well as the Booker Prize-winning Alias Grace. She has also written numerous poetry and short story collections and works of literary criticism. Her writing stands out for its exploration of Canadian identity, environmental issues and the position of women, and is often inspired by myth, history and scientific developments.