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ewuradi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2007 at 5:57 PM via web

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Which episode or scene do you think exemplifies the statement that "Surfacing is a myth"?

I was discussing Surfacing with a friend and they compared it to a myth / mystrical. I was wondering if Surfacing can be compared as so and if so which parts of the book exemplifies this.

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cetaylorplfd | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted February 21, 2010 at 5:18 AM (Answer #1)

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Surfacing by Margaret Atwood is often considered a modern myth because of the qualites of myth that the novel possesses.  The unnamed narrator returns to Quebec with her partner and another couple, and from there she begins to explore her past so that she can make sense of her own identity.  The novel is filled mostly with internal action and reflection, and along the way, the narrator becomes guided by her relationship with the surroundings of the cabin in which she is staying.  Her reflections on her life have a supernatural aura to them, and soon the narrator begins to feel a oneness with nature.  This incredibly dynamic connection to nature gives the novel its mythic qualities.

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