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Margaret Laurences book A Bird in the House Alice Munros Who Do You Think You Are and Margaret Atwoods short story The Bog Man each features female protagonists who actively participate in storytelling While storytelling is frequently portrayed as means of escape it can often lead to extreme elaborations on the part of the character In A Bird in the House Who Do You Think You Are and The Bog Man diegetic storytelling serves as a crutch for personal development yet when it is overly depended upon it hinders characters abilities to reconcile fact with fiction This is done through the over dramatization of romanticism and disarrangement of storiesIn the book Who Do You Think You Are the main character Rose frequently indulges in romantic fantasies Yet the stories and situations in which Rose imaginations up are often set up in stark contrast to reality In the story Half a Grapefruit Rose is asked to describe what she had for breakfast She states she ate half a grapefruit satisfactorily noting that she was pleased with herself for thinking of the grapefruit and with the way she had said it in so bold yet natural a voice Here we see Rose purposefully putting on a tone of voice in attempt to make it sound more believable To Rose a grapefruit is a prestigious thing to have for breakfast because it would have been expensive but also because it was different from anything else the other children were eating We quickly learn however she is lying that Flo doesnt even carry the fruit in their store Furthermore her attempt to distance herself from the harsh environment of West Hanratty backfires with many of the kids later mocking her for having such lofty aspirations Another instance in where having romantic aspirations backfires for Rose is in her brief liaison with Clifford When she begins her tryst with Clifford despite having been told by his wife how
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