Written on the Body Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How does the narrator look back at affairs?

The narrator looks back at his or her affairs in a mostly positive light. The narrator reflects on happier days, unless referring to Bathsheba. Bathsheba brings up bad memories because she hurt the narrator deeply.

2. According to the narrator, why do married women have affairs?

Married women have affairs, according to the narrator, because they become bored. Passion leaves relationships, and the women feel the need to turn to somebody else for romance and passion.

3. Describe Inge.

Inge was a woman that the narrator once had an affair with. This woman was a terrorist who objected to the use of the female figure in classic paintings. This woman was also against the destruction of old buildings, and she was also willing to put others in harm's way to prove her point.

4. What is Bathsheba's lasting effect on the narrator?

The narrator is negatively affected by Bathsheba. Bathsheba has not only hurt the narrator physically but also emotionally. The narrator has chosen a woman to be with out of fear that the next woman will be similar to Bathsheba. The narrator does not trust anybody anymore and fears relationships.

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