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Kiss of the Spider Woman

Why is it entitled "Kiss of the Spider Woman"?

I would argue that the one of the primary reasons for the title is that it refers to the web in which the main character, Valentin, is drawn. Valetin shares a cell with the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2007 2:04 am UTC

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Are the footnotes throughout Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman an instrumental or aesthetic technique, given that some...

I have only read a few fiction books that make brilliant use of footnotes. One is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. In that case the footnotes are a direct conversation between the narrator...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 11:53 pm UTC

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What social concerns are addressed in Kiss of the Spider Woman?

The most important social concern in Kiss of the Spider Woman is its treatment of homosexuality; at the time, homosexuality was beginning to become an accepted lifestyle, but still suffered under...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2012 5:46 pm UTC

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What are themes in Manuel Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman that are consistent with works from Latin America?

I think that one of the themes that is evident in Puig's work that fits into the larger scope of Latin American literature is the struggle between what is and what should be. From the time of...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 10:05 am UTC

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What are the conflicts throughout the play?

I would argue that one of the main conflicts has to do with the struggle against society as a force, while also including elements of the fourth you list, struggling against elements within one's...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2010 5:39 am UTC

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Besides homosexuality, what other social issues does Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman address?

I think that one of the most powerful issues brought out in Puig's play is the idea of political idealism. The idea of a Marxist revolutionary going against a political machine that is the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2012 10:10 am UTC

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In "Kiss of the Spider Woman," in what ways do Molina and Valentin express that they each belong to two different...

I think that the arc of each characters' narrative is fairly fascinating in addressing this question. They start off diametrically opposed to one another. Then, they move closer to one another...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011 6:27 pm UTC

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How does the storytelling of Cat People show themes of sexual repression in Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman?

The telling of Cat People by Molina is one of intriguing romanticism full of excitement and sexual situations that stir up Molina. Valentin sees through the lore of the panther transformation to...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2019 5:28 pm UTC

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Who is the spider woman?

Manuel Puig’s 1976 novel Kiss of the Spider Woman is, on the surface, the story of an unlikely friendship that develops between the two protagonists: Molina, a homosexual imprisoned, officially,...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018 1:56 am UTC

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How do I make connections between the uncanny and postmodernism in these novels: Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel...

On the surface, the two books have little in common. However, they both use seemingly simple stories to explore profound images. While "Kiss of the Spider Woman" is lately told through a unique...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012 9:21 am UTC

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What might be the symbolic significance of eyes in Kiss of the Spider Woman?

I think that eyes might be repeated to reflect how different sets of perceptions clash in the narrative. The eyes of the revolution is how Valentin perceives the world. These eyes perceive the...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2011 6:15 pm UTC

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How is the theme of gender identity portrayed in Puig's novel Kiss of the Spider Woman?

In Kiss of the Spider Woman, Puig portrays gender identity with the rich but painful irony that our desire to define it in our own terms may confine us much as liberate us. The confinement that...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2018 4:27 pm UTC

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How does the use of films help to show the evolving relationship between Molina and Valentin during their time...

I think that the use of films is significant because it helps to provide the foundation for both men moving closer to one another. It gets to the point where Valentin asks for Molina to recite his...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2012 10:48 am UTC

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Why is it that Molina addresses Valentin by his first name  and Valentine address Molina by his last name?

I think that there are a couple of elements at play here. The most obvious element is the sexual orientation frame of reference. Molina is more of a "woman," reflected in his using first names....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2012 9:52 am UTC

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What is the attitude toward gender roles?

Your question can refer both to the writer Manuel Puig's authorial attitude toward gender roles in general and the one that is presented by him through this particular novel—they do not necessarily...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 10:52 pm UTC

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What makes Kiss of the Spider Woman an outstanding novel of its time?

The Kiss Of The Spider Woman is an outstanding novel of its time because the author tells his tale in the context of political and psychological issues as a collection of stories within stories...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2015 4:14 pm UTC

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What is the relevance of the "Kiss of The Spider Woman" to the  present society?

This is an interesting question. One of the themes of “Kiss Of The Spider Woman” is escapism versus reality. Today the newscaster was talking about the effect of the weak economy and unemployment....

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008 10:56 am UTC

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Where in Puig's novel-play Kiss of the Spider Woman can elements of suspense be found?

I think that elements of suspense in Puig's work can be found in a couple of areas. The first would be that the characters are developed in such a poignant manner that the reader legitimately...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

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Who are the 3 major characters of the play the "Kiss of The Spider Woman?

This is my favorite play of all time. There are several characters in this drama, but the main ones are Valentin Arregui Paz, Marta, and Luis Alberto Molino. Valentin is a revolutionary in jail...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008 12:42 am UTC

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Where can examples of ellipses be found in Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman?

In Kiss of the Spider Woman, the author uses ellipses to develop a closeness between the characters. As the enotes summary notes, the book focuses on two main characters in prison. In order to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2012 7:37 pm UTC

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Is the relationship possible to happen?

There are several relationships woven together in Kiss of the Spider Woman. It is possible for each of them to happen, but not likely for all of them to happen at once. In that way, the whole novel...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2007 12:43 am UTC

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Identify the purpose of deferred information in Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman.

Deferred information is important in the drama. I think that the idea of Molina wanting to defer information from the authorities about Valentin is significant. Molina takes action on a political...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2012 10:06 am UTC

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What particular features of aesthetic writing can be found in Puig's Kiss of the Spider Woman?

I think that construction of Molina's films through language is a fairly strong example of aesthetic writing. Consider that film is a visual medium and that there is little verbal description...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2012 1:44 pm UTC

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