Meneseteung By Alice Munro Analysis
The Life of a Woman in “Meneseteung”
Alice Munro is one of the best short story writers to ever live. She is notably talented with her sharp precision and extreme detailing in her writings. She can”achieve an astonishing condensation of meaning within the restricted framework of the short-story form” (Moss and Sugars 334). Munro mainly focuses on resembling ordinary people in the utmost unordinary settings and in descriptive detail, enabling them to reveal their psychological innards and what their role in society, and in the short story, is. In her short story, “Meneseteung”, Munro reveals deep psychological emotions and their roots in social stigma. Ahe establishes her concern with the topic of women and their society, their struggles, and eventually coming to terms with their own past.
“Meneseteung” was published in 1990, in Munro’s collection Friend of My Youth. The title of the short story signifies the arrival of the menstrual flow mentioned in Section V. Munro really embeds her fascination with the history of rural Ontario and enabling her main character, Almeda Almeda, to manifest and live in a poetess’ body and mentality, in order to “explore the nineteenth-century notions of decorum, social propriety, women’s writing, sexuality, and gender expectations” (Moss and Sugars 335). Munro’s attempt at imagining the life of a woman “who is half-mad, but not, perhaps entirely unhappy” can be proven through her creation of Almeda Almeda’s character: a “poised” Victorian…