Reading “The Daydreams of a Drunk Woman,” I felt at times as if I were the drunk woman myself. Giddy as she banters with her selves from the three-paned mirror, exhausted as all she wants is to sink into the oblivion of sleep, dazed as she goes through dinner in a drunken haze, and finally a mad freedom as she bathes in her misery. Clarice Lispector’s writing was haunting and at once grounded and untethered. 


Lispector raises questions of identity and what it means for identity when intersected with society at large in “The Daydreams of a Drunk Woman.” I found myself wondering if her other stories all centered around identity or touched upon other topics, and what influences in her life contributed to her work. Moreover, I was curious about overarching themes surrounding her writing and the similarities and differences between several of her short stories. 


Through this exploratory blog, I will examine correlations between:

  • “A Chicken” 
  • “The Imitation of the Rose”
  • “The Daydreams of a Drunk Woman”

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