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How does "White Rabbits" best connect with Neil Gaiman's "Feeders and Eaters"? Write a brief comparative analysis that supports your claim.

Neil Gaiman's short comic book tale "Feeders and Eaters" and Leonora Carrington's "White Rabbits" have many connections. Both take place in large cities. Both concern eerie elderly women and their preoccupation with meat. We could say that the meat symbolizes sexual desire. In Gaiman's story, though, the sexual desire seems more explicit. In Carrington's story, sexual desire might be better discussed as intimacy.

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There are many connections between these two discomforting works. Let's start with a basic one: the setting. They both take place in a big city. Gaiman withholds the name of his city. "I won't tell you which one," he tells us. Yet from the looks of the drawings, we can deduce it's rather big.

Carrington divulges the city she's in: New York. But the street—Pest Street—is not, as of this writing, an actual street in New York City.

Both stories also involve isolated, elderly women with a penchant for meat. Gaiman's older woman appears to live off the ever-fresh meat of her cat. Meanwhile, the elder woman in Carrington's story needs decomposed meat for her rabbits. That meat, though, is indirectly ingested by the woman and her husband. They eat the rabbits.

You might want to connect Gaiman and Carrington's portrayals of elder women to how they're often portrayed in society. How do the elder women of both stories illuminate sexist cultural tropes about older women and invisibility?

Additionally, you might want to talk about how sexuality functions in the stories. Could meat be a symbol for carnal desires? In Gaiman's story, there seems to be an erotic element between the man and the elderly woman. We know that he was "always getting into trouble with women." The scene of her in her bed reinforces the sexual tension.

In Carrington's story, perhaps the erotic element could be more accurately called intimacy. Perhaps the intimacy of eating with the couple scares the narrator off. They don't want to be that close to them. In Gaiman's story, alas, our clearly masculine narrator seems to embrace the intimacy with his older woman.

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