Fay Wedon's 'Weekend' a Feminist Analysis Essay
The first paragraph alone serves to set the tone of the story, while also demonstrating a predominant theme, of gender inequality. …show more content…
The narrative syntax, and specifically the structure of paragraphs are directly linked to the protagonist’s lifestyle of being extremely busy and the need to be efficient. This is demonstrated by the very short and regular paragraphs. When reading the things Martha worries about and the strict ways in which she has to do them from pages 312 to 313, a distinct pattern can be seen. Most paragraphs begin with the name of what is tormenting her, before being repeated after an interjection like ‘Food. Oh, food!’ (Weldon,1988,P.312). This technique seems to connote the quantity and importance of the things that she has to abide by, but also hints at the critical attitude of the author towards her choice to do it. The punctuation in these paragraphs is also notable ‘Martin likes slim ladies. Diet.’ These short sharp sentences could be reflecting her frustration at his behaviour and of course they reflect the harsh ways in which the character Martin would say them.
The use of cacophony in the sentence starting ‘Knock, knock. Katie and Colin arrived’ (Weldon, 1988, P.316) serves to connote the shock discomfort anyone would feel being woken up