In each of the stories, the blue dress has been incorporated into thenarrative. Discuss and compare how the dress has been woven into the eventsof the story and its significance.
In the short story in the book The Blue Dress, a blue dress has beenincorporated into the story in a distinctive way. In the story “Siren,” thedress was an heirloom from a ‘siren’ named Parthenope-a Greek mythologicalcreature-who lured men. The dress has been brought back to finish her work,by a young girl who wore it, named Alysia.
Similar to “Siren,” the bluedress has been combined into the story “Knowing,” by the dress being wornby a girl before. The previous owner has an effect on the dress, bymentally touching the person wearing the dress. But in “Knowing,” thesecond owner finds out another story from the past about the previousowner. Quiksand and the last cabinet/Two stories have captured similar ideas using the blue dress, “Siren”and “Knowing”. In the story “Siren” the writer has used the blue dress as alink between reality and fantasy.
He has used the Greek mythology of the”Siren” as the base of his story. A siren is one of a group of sea nymphs,who, by their sweet singing lured mariners to destruction on the rockssurrounding their island. The blue dress is what both; Parthenope (in thepast/fantasy) and Alysia (in the present/reality) wore, which is what boundthem. In the past, Alfons (boy who lived there before) saw a women in ablue dress. She fascinated him by her beautiful looks. “‘Oh, Cement,’ hesaid, ‘that is twice now already I’ve seen her. She wears a blue dress.” Atthe end of the story you are confused because Tony says he saw Alysia onthe beach in the blue dress. “‘I saw you on the beach, dancing in your bluedress and you waved to me then you ran back here, towards the cottage'”-pg.17.You wonder whether it was Parthenope on the beach or was it reallyAlysia. In “Knowing”, the blue dress is crossbred in the story byrepresenting a channel, connecting the past with the present. Nikki hasvisions the past owner’s life. “In a sense, when it happened, she was Nikkino longer. It was as if she had stepped outside of herself, and intoanother life. Rachael’s lifetime.”-pg.22.
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