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....

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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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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