Essay An Analysis Of ' Lusus Naturae ' By Toni Morrison

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A major theme in short stories is isolation. In “Lusus Naturae” by Margaret Atwood and “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison illustrates the theme of physical isolation. Robert Carver shows the narrators isolation is self-inflected in the story “Cathedral”. Self-inflected isolation is also displayed in “Lusus Naturae”. The narrator of the story “Lusus Naturae” had the disease Porphyria causing visible signs that resemble a monster appearance. She also explained that her father once held her in his arms but now she sits on the other side of the table although the hurt her feelings. The family kept her away from others outside of the family. Her grandmother had even gone to the extreme of putting garlic cloves around the door frame. The family even faked her death so that, “I would not stand in the way of my sister, I would not loom over her like a fate” (Atwood 234). Her mother would at first would spend time with her but as the disease grew worse she would come and go quickly.
In the story “Racitatif” the story is based on the narrator, Twyla, and her friend Roberta Fisk friendship at St. Bonaventure a shelter for children. The girls were not like the other children in the shelter, “…we weren’t real orphans with beautiful dead parents in the sky. We were dumped” (Morrison 202). In both stories the children were intentionally separated from the family. Roberta admits towards the end of the story that she had more than the one stay at the shelter with Twyla. Although the…

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