ALIAS GRACE MARGARET ATWOOD
ALIAS GRACE Published by Nan A. talese an imprint of Doubleday a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 1540 Broadway, New York, New York 10036 Published first in Canada by McClelland and Stewart, Inc., Toronto, and in the United Kingdom by Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd., London
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ALIAS GRACE THE TIME 1827-1840: Ireland. (0-12) 1840: Emigration From Ireland. (12) 1840-1843: Grace worked as a Maid. (12 (13)-16) 1843: The murder of Mr. Kinnear, and his mistress Nancy. Grace and McDermott’s Trial. McDermott Hanged. (16) 1843-1859: Prison (16-32) 1859: Dr. Jordan’s Interviews. (32) 1872: Let free from prison. Marries Jamie Walsh. (45) 1872-?:Lives in New York with Jamie Walsh. (45-?)
ALIAS GRACE THE PLACE 1827-1840 1840
PLACE CONTINUED 1840-1843 1843 As they appeared at the Court House accused of the Murdering Mr. Thomas Kinnear & Nancy Montgomery.
PLACE CONTINUED 1843-1859 1859
1872 1872-? PLACE CONTINUED
Grace Marks & James McDermott MAIN CHARECTERS Dr. Simon Jordan Mary Whitney
Nancy Montgomery Thomas Kinnear MAIN CHARECTERS Jamie Walsh
"Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders. Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?" —The Publisher.
THEMES Realism VS. Fantasy Insanity Sexuality Woman’s Existence in the 1800’s
“Even apart from that,” says Reverend Verringer, “we are caught between the notion of a possibly innocent woman, whom many believe to be guilty, and a possibly guilty woman, whom some believe to be innocent. We would not want the opponents of reform to be given an oppurtunity of crowing over us. But, as our Lord says, “The truth shall make you free.” “The truth may well turn out to be stranger than we think,” says Simon.
And I thought, I am riding through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, as it says in the Psalms; and I attempted to fear no evil, but it was very hard, for there was evil in the wagon with me, like a sort of mist. So I tried to think about something else. And I looked up at the sky, which did not have a cloud in it, and was filled with start; it seemed so close I could touch it, and so delicate I could put my hand right through it, like a spider web spangled with dew drops. But then as I looked, a part of it began to wrinkle up, like the skin on scalding milk; but harder and more brittle, and pebbled like a dark beach or like black silk crepe; and then the sky was only a thin surface, like paper, and it was being singed away. And behind it was a cold blackness; and it was not Heaven or even Hell that I was looking at, but only emptiness. This was more frightening than anything I could think of, and I prayed silently to God to forgive my sins; but what if there was no God to forgive me? And then I reflected that perhaps it was the outer darkness, with the wailing and the gnashing of teeth, where God was not. And as soon as I had this thought, the sky closed over again, like water after you have thrown a stone; and was again smooth and unbroken, and filled with stars.
Works Cited"Margaret Atwood. Alias Grace. a Reader's Companion and Study Guide." 26 Apr. 2008 <http://www.luminarium.org/contemporary/atwood/aliasgrace.htm>.