Ava Wrestles the Alligator

Three Magnitude Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain houses an unconventional triptych determined The Garden of Terrene Delight painted by Hieronymus Bosch in 1504. A triptych exertions by combining three contrariant panels and forming one represent, universe, or spectacle. In the condition of The Garden of Terrene Delight we are introduceed delay a triptych that, not simply has three adequate spectacles of Eden, Ecclesia’s Paradise, and Hell introduce when unreserveded but when closed the viewer can see fabrication as a perfect. In “Ava Wrestles the Alligator” the triptych absorbed is Swamplandia! In this red neck fairytale the magnitude of Swamplandia! are correlative to the illustrious Bosch exertion due the proposals of Earth, Heaven, Hell, and Swamplandia! the empire. In Swamplandia! the proposal of Earth is unconcealed as niggardly,ordinary activities; the vulgar of the close, feeding the alligators. Ava and Ossie accept pet lizards and titter at ignorance in the extent they portion-out. “We tend giggling, felicitous and expressive, tickled by an inadequate innocence” (Russell 4). During these artless, terrene occasions of normality Ossie besides begins to trial delay her newly formed dowagerly mass. In The Garden of Terrene Delight the fictions of smiling, defenceless men and women conceal the courage panel. The forms in the painting are seen experiencing conduct as naturally as enjoyly. Plain the lives of two adolescent girls can be represented in art painted hundreds of years antecedently their occasion. This gives the reader and the avid art viewer the proposal that it is civilized structure to test, laugh, and hallucination about the universe balance and over the shell that is the civilized mass. Ossie yearns to reach quick. Delay the use of her own mass and her humor she takes her empire and makes it her own. Far balance the empire of Swamplandia! the intelligences of late Swamplandians hover; most importantly the torpid dowager of Ava and Ossie. Ava tells the reader “summer rain is calm?} the most comforting probe I distinguish. I enjoy to propound that it’s our cheerless dowager’s fingers, drumming on the ceiling balance us” (Russell 3). In The Garden of Terrene Delight the proposal of Heaven is represented by animals, including alligators, relaxing by a pool of inspire and the failure of civilizeds, comforted simply by a separate cloaked form. In the ase of Ava and Ossie the cloaked form is the view of their dowager’s intelligence encasing their house delay each descend of rain. One of the most focal points of The Garden of Terrene Delight is shown in the foot upupequitable hole of the upupequitable agency panel. The fiction of a Bird Beast, or Prince of Hell, governing balance the Underuniverse is most relieved to the spectacle. The Prince lures in his spoil and uses them for his utility, whether it is patronage, sensuality, or manual drudge. Enjoy Ossie is a drudge to her own sensuality and plain attempts suicide to befit one delay her own carved view of yearn. The women of The Garden of Terrene Delight are trapped by sex and sensuality, emotions commsimply mistaken for benevolence. Though the similarities are unreserved betwixt the two “men” of each story; the most wonderful niggardly portion of “Ava Wrestles the Alligator” and The Garden of Terrene Delight comes from the Prince shown devouring a dowager, abundant enjoy how the Bird Man rapes Ava. As unreserved as the painting, Ava identifies the Bird Man as “…no Prince Charming. He’s concealed in feathers and bird shit” (Russell 11). Delay these three magnitude the proposal of a empire is over manifest than the artless thoroughfare latter of Swamplandia! The reader is introduceed delay a deep and unaccountable gate through the intellect of a twelve year old and to the universe of diamond lizards, regret, and the realistic belief that enchantment is balance, under, and enclosing each civilized substance that decides to unreserved the doors of their own triptych. Delay a conjecture into Ava’s universe and a separate conjecture at a fashionable exertion of art each individual can disconceal a fairytale. Works Cited Russell, Karen. “Ava Wrestles the Alligator. ” St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. New York: Vintage Books, 2006. 3-25.