"Cereus Blooms at Night" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

"Cereus Blooms at Night"
An analysis of the use of nature and sexuality in the novel "Cereus Blooms at Night" by Shani Mootoo.
# 61429 | 1,557 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Oct 07, 2005 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how Shani Mootoo, in her novel "Cereus Blooms at Night", uses the natural surroundings and the sexuality of her characters as parallel themes. It looks at how Mootoo often begins by giving her audience the background of the character, including the character's sexual situation, and then through further analysis of that character's story more reference to natural objects is evident.

From the Paper:

"As a child Mala's movements are often compared to those of other animals and she is able "to name plants and insects with only their scent or a brush against them as her clues" (Mootoo 156). During Mala's night excursions she moves with "catlike sure-footedness" and is compared to "a crane pondering flight" (Mootoo 146,147). On another excursion Mala "had seen four-foot-long iguanas crawling along the branches of other samaan trees, and she decided to descend to the window slithering on her belly" (Mootoo 157). In these instances the decision to directly compare Mala to particular animals paints a clearer image of the actual movements Mala is engaged in, but also helps to strengthen the overall connection between Mala and nature in general."

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