Alma asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 8 years ago

What is Margaret Atwood trying to prove in the poem, "Tourist Centre in Boston"?

Is the family on the rocks a portrayal of American tourists?

The poet would like tourists to see her country's mountains and lakes, rather than the unrealistic commercial view some Americans portray (of Canada)?

Did the publishing of this poem weaken the Americans ties with Canadians?

Just a couple of questions I had after reading the poem. Canadians also have stereotypes on Americans, right?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Margaret Atwood isn't really talking about Americans at all in this poem. The tourist center is in Boston, but it is clear that Atwood herself is the speaker of the poem. Atwood is talking about how a Canadian sees other people's ideas of Canada.

    The core message of the poem is "Whose dream is this, I would like to know?". Atwood is pointing out how the glossy, sanitised, vacant Canada shown in the photographs isn't the country she knows and remembers. The tourist version of Canada leaves out all the mess, and all the people:

    Who really lives there?

    The poem is about how different our idea of a thing can be from the actual reality: how what is inside our head differs from what is outside.

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    Is the family on the rocks a portrayal of American tourists?

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    Did the publishing of this poem weaken the Americans ties with Canadians?

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