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In the Skin of the Lion An Examination on the use of Moth Imagery in the Novel In the Skin of a Lion is a documentary on the voyage from childhood to adulthood of Patrick Lewis Michael Ondaatje describes this voyage with recollections of sensory memories These recollections permit the reader to relate to Patrick as these memories are both simple and realistic Patricks memories are often conjured up through touch smell or color The readers can not help but to imagine their own rendition with some of the imagery used in the book This essay examines the use of moths and their colors within the imagery in the book In the Skin of Lion The imagery of the moths is described using colors textures and motions Ondaatje uses colors such as moth green yellow rust browns pink and describes textures such as rabbit fur papyrus textured and furred Perhaps the most visual aspect of the moth imagery is that of the motion of the insects which is used both as a description and a comparison Moths appearing on the screen one night are described as those that have seen this one lighted room and traveled towards it A summer nights inquiry 9 In the Garden of the Blind Patrick observes the blind womans remaining eye darting moving with delight and alighting all easily visualized Later in the story Carvaggio watches a woman in the boathouse In this light and with all the small panes of glass around here she was inside a diamond mothlike on the edge of burning kerosene caught in the center of all the facets 198 Moths are part of the insect imagery in the book These insects formed part of Patrick social network as they served as a form of communication for him His father being a man withdrawn from the world raised Patrick and with no mention of a mother any siblings or school friends
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