Conflict Between Man and Woman in "The Space" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Conflict Between Man and Woman in "The Space"
A literary analysis of the essay "The Space" by Mark Strand.
# 35853 | 650 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2003 in Women Studies (Feminism) , Women Studies (General)

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This paper discusses the theme in "The Space" that man views women as an object of art, a possession rather than an individual. The paper describes how the story provides a psychological view of the man as the destroyer who in his blindness to a woman's individuality, creates a situation that makes women frustrated and suicidal as they struggle for an identity. Thus, the paper shows how the story depicts the 'space' between the beliefs of man and woman in life.

From the Paper:

"The essay "The Space" is about a man who sees a woman on the ledge about to commit suicide. He came out to sunbathe and saw her and his appearance startled her from her act. She stared at him and he at her. While he looked at her body and appreciated it her eyes were point blank. He saw her as an object of sex and she saw nothing. He talks to her with no feelings other than that of need and desire and asks her to go out to dinner with him, and then asks her to marry him. She looks at him while he appreciates the view and then in a space that seems eternal she jumps.
"The essay is short yet, concise. It portrays the despair of a woman trivialized by the man who sees her as nothing but an object. While the woman in story is about to jump the man merely sees a beautiful woman who is sexy and he hopes he will have the chance to bed her. The story is the eternal conflict between the man and the woman as the latter struggle to make for them a 'space' other than that of a possession for the man."

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