Cat’s Eye

by

Margaret Atwood

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Mr. Banerji Character Analysis

A scientist who stays with Elaine’s family for a period during her childhood, as he works with her father. Elaine identifies with him, because he appears anxious and persecuted to her. However, he treats her extremely nicely and she later paints him as one of her three muses after he returns to India when the university refuses to hire him.
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Mr. Banerji Character Timeline in Cat’s Eye

The timeline below shows where the character Mr. Banerji appears in Cat’s Eye. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part Five: Wringer
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A student of Elaine’s father, Mr. Banerji , joins them at Christmas dinner, as it would be too far for him to... (full context)
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Elaine and Mr. Banerji both pick at their meals, and Elaine thinks that wild things are smarter than tame... (full context)
Part Six: Cat’s Eye
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...doesn’t understand why this activity is called bridge when it’s nothing like a bridge. When Mr. Banerji comes, Elaine feels hopeful because she feels that if he can deal with whatever is... (full context)
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...knitted sock in her basket. She dreams that her real parents are Mrs. Finestein and Mr. Banerji , and that her mother has had a baby—one of a set of twins, and... (full context)
Part Nine: Leprosy
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...she also goes and draws images from slides she finds at the zoology building. When Dr. Banerji sees her at it, he compliments her; he has a wife now. (full context)
Part Ten: Life Drawing
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...she could have dedicated herself to an impressive botany career. He has become melancholic, as Mr. Banerji returned to India after failing to get promoted. Elaine’s father see this as a betrayal... (full context)
Part Fourteen: Unified Field Theory
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...landscape. Her next painting is called Three Muses; she painted Mrs. Finestein, Miss Stuart, and Mr. Banerji —not as they were to themselves, but as they inspired her. (full context)