Death by Landscape

by Margaret Atwood
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Why might Lois have elected to live in the setting she has chosen: an apartment in a very "tame" development, surrounded by the landscape pictures she has selected?

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Let us remember the way in which after the disappearance of Lucy, Lois deliberately avoids any form of wilderness that could remind her of what happened to Lucy. Even though her husband has a house in the north, she never goes up there and prefers to stay in the tame...

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Let us remember the way in which after the disappearance of Lucy, Lois deliberately avoids any form of wilderness that could remind her of what happened to Lucy. Even though her husband has a house in the north, she never goes up there and prefers to stay in the tame south of Canada. She seems almost relieved to move into an apartment where she only has to worry about potted plants. Nature is domesticated and tamed.

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Keep in mind that the landscapes are not pretty pictures with which Lois surrounds herself. They, in fact, fill her with uneasiness. Is it possible that she surrounds herself with them as a reminder of the tragic events that took place at summer camp or that they are the subconscious manifestations of survivors guilt? You might want to check out the enotes link:

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