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The main theme in the novel entitled The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood is consumerism To consume as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is To take in as food eat or drink up To expend use up To purchase goods or services for direct use or ownership To waste squander To destroy totally ravage To absorb engross Consumerism is demonstrated throughout the novel in a variety of ways some more subtle than others One of the more subtle yet most common ways Atwood displays this theme is through predator and prey imagery Marian subconsciously sees Peter her fianc as well as certain other people that surround her as predators of various types and often sees herself as the prey She also has an outsiders view of her roommate Ainsley preying on Leonard Slank in a strategic scheme to produce a child The most obvious of the predators who have their sights set on Marian is her boyfriendfianc Peter While dining with Marian Len and Ainsley Peter tells a story about hunting vermin and how he killed and gutted a rabbit Marian creates an image in her head of Peter gathered with a group of friends those friends whom she had never mettheir faces clearly visible in the sunlight that fell in shafts down through the anonymous trees splashed with blood the mouths wrenched with laughter She couldnt see the rabbit The Edible Woman p 75 She finds herself crying and goes to the bathroom Locked in the cubicle she describes the toilet paper as crouched in there with her helpless and white and furry waiting passively for the end p 75 She identifies with the rabbit in the story and could not see it in her mind because subconsciously she is the rabbit Later on the same evening Peter proposes to Marian Looking at him she sees his face strangely shadowed his eyes gleaming like an animals in the beam
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