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How can I analyze Alexandra through this?"Aunt Alexandra was worrying her embroidery....

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lisa165 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM via web

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How can I analyze Alexandra through this?

"Aunt Alexandra was worrying her embroidery. Punk, punk, punk, her needle broke the taut circle. She stopped, and pulled the cloth tighter: punk-punk-punk. She was furious."

 

how is her anger/wrath shown in the above qoute and can someone please help me analyze it?

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gpane | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted December 19, 2012 at 10:13 AM (Answer #1)

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In this extract, Alexandra's wrath is shown in the way in which she deals with her embroidery. Embroidering is normally a peaceful gentle activity, but here she is said to be 'worrying' it which means that she treating it roughly, pulling it about, and using her needle fast and furiously, as emphasised in the description of it going 'punk-punk-punk'. Such a description aims to reproduce the exact sound the needle is making (an example of what is known as 'onomatopoeia'). 

Due to Alexandra's primness and notions of genteel, civilized behaviour, she does not allow herself to express her anger openly - she takes it all out on her embroidery.

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