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Glass by Shena Mackay A Semiotic Approach In the short story Glass Shena Mackay presents the inner feelings and perceptions of Jessamy Jones a female protagonist who as she is waiting in line to the cash dispenser tries to make sense of her life and of her past 1Glass - the title marks the beginning of the text and has both a deictic and a declarative function It has multiple meanings because it can refer to a mirror a drinking container or a window pane Glass has no determiner it could be both a noun or an adjective We could say that the title is intended to be misleading in order to incite the readers curiosity and to determine him or her to take part in the imaginative process The author uses almost all the connotations of the word glass Jessamy is a painter and she is thinking about the possibilities of working in glass the bus shelter is invaded by small pieces of broken glass the pavement is ornamented with cubes of viscous glass while waiting in line she observes all the antiquities in a shop window analyzes an ornamental strip with the name Coiffeuse incised in the frosty glass she sees her own reflection in the slightly distorted glass sending us to the idea of mirror at one point she even imagines herself manufacturing glass Towards the end of the story another meaning of the word glass comes into shape Jessamys lover accused her of having no heart in other words that she is insensitive made of glass The girl holding a blue bottle unsure in which bin to deposit it completes the wide range of things made of glass enumerated in the story As she drops it into the white bin the image of frozen glass reappears blue on white An arctic landscape thinks Jessamy as she observes the girl The end of the story marks the main property of glass
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