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Volume 10 : 10 October 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Imagery of Wilderness in
Margaret Hollingsworth's Islands

S. Gunasekaran, Ph.D.

Emotional Realities in Margaret Hollingworh's Creative Work

Among the women writers in Canada, Margaret Hollingsworth is the most popular modern Canadian writer. According to her "I object to being called a feminist writer as much as I object to being dubbed a woman playwright. My beliefs and attitudes will naturally inform what I write; that should be enough" (p.112). The reality of her immigrant status shaped Hollingsworth's perspective and permeated her work.

All her plays reveal her ongoing desire to present emotional realities, not simply the external ones, and to give the audience access to the inner world of her complicated characters. Her affinity is for unsetting psychic events or circumstances as experienced by female characters trying to make sense of the situation in which they find themselves. In all her plays she pictured the women characters in a very effective and powerful manner, and portrayed how they are carrying out her self-identity by the way of escaping from patriarchal tradition and reaching to colonial.

Sense of Isolation

Women's sense of isolation and the need for self-recognition relate to both the national struggle for identity in the post-colonial age and female struggle for identity in the tradition of patriarchy. This paper discusses how Margaret Hollingsworth explores the association of national identity and female identity on many levels. The portrayal of the immigrant is used to further emphasize the female sense of isolation and marginality.

Wilderness Imagery

In the play Islands, the quest for female consciousness finds its expression in the imagery of wilderness. The protagonist's anxiety, her fear of non-being, forces her to confront and overcome the dangers inherent in the physical environment. The wilderness in Islands offers the opportunity for female self-actualization, unhampered by the constraints imposed by patriarchal urban society.

The wilderness in Islands, then, sets the stage on which Muriel projects her inner world. By confronting the uncertainty of coping alone on a secluded island in British Columbia, Muriel is able to rejects the trappings of social conventions. This escape from established structures offers the route toward self-discovery and is highly prevalent in Canadian literature. Margaret Atwood's Surfacing and Ringwood's play The Lodge, for example, both deal with the theme of escape to the wilds as a means of self-revelation. The "northern utopia", the unspoilt wilderness, untainted by the corruption of 'southern' civilization, becomes the means of deliverance.

…the northern wilderness is a place where men and women in flight from what they feel are the decadent and sterile values of the 'South' may seek a heightened self-awareness-perhaps even perceptions so transcendental as to be termed 'salvation' (P.17).

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Are Their Language Skills Good Enough for the Workplace?
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