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Christ in the House

of Martha and Mary


by A.S. Byatt (Dame Antonia
Susan Duffy)
From Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice
(1998)

Kitchen Scene with Christ in the House of


Martha and Mary by Diego Velzquez

Ekphrasis
- comes from the Greek words ek (out) and
phrasis (speak)
- making art from an already existing art

Christ in the House of Martha and


Mary
In the painting, you can easily point
out which parts are highlighted or are
brighter than the rest. Were the same
things highlighted in the story? How
were these parts presented in the
story?

Characterization

How does Dolores see


herself? What can her
reaction upon seeing the
painting say about her?

Characterization

How does Dolores see


Concepcin? In what way is
Concepcin a foil of Dolores?

Characterization

How does Dolores see the


painter? In what way is the
painter a foil of Dolores?

Structure
What would you consider as the climax
of the story: the part when Dolores
slammed the dishes or the last part
when Dolores first saw the painting?
Based from your answer, do you think
it follows Freytag's triangle?