"If Everything is Stable, One is Not Going To Move Very Far": Reality as Illusion in Ondaatje's The Cat's Table

  • Jessica Kristie Barratt Grant MacEwan Univsersity - Bachelor of Arts Program - Honours English.

Abstract

This essay examines one of the major themes of Michael Ondaatje's The Cat's Table: Perception and Reality. While on the surface the novel is about a young boy on a journey, it is Michael's unique perspective that reveals an elusive truth about our reality: that it is a fragile illusion, at best. Via a comparison of Michael's past (specifically the twenty-one days he was aboard a ship named Oronsay) and present realities, then, both Michael and the reader come to realize the highly subjective nature of our collective 'reality.'

Author Biography

Jessica Kristie Barratt, Grant MacEwan Univsersity - Bachelor of Arts Program - Honours English.
English Department - English Undergraduate
Published
2014-10-22
How to Cite
Barratt, J. K. (2014). "If Everything is Stable, One is Not Going To Move Very Far": Reality as Illusion in Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table. MacEwan University Student EJournal, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.31542/j.muse.101
Section
Arts and Sciences - Humanities