However, this national perspective of setting becomes complicated when we view the location of the poem as part of the speaker’s mental landscape. The last two stanzas categorize the speaker not as a subject that occupies space, but as an area of space herself.
The speaker describing herself as a location rather than an individual lends itself to the nationalistic reading of this poem. Just like, as readers, we extrapolate a single subject into an entire nation, Atwood expands the individual subject into an entire space. However, we must be acutely aware that this space that the cowboy is occupying is the speaker’s own mind. In this sense, the artificial stage set that makes up the poem’s setting seems to suggest an insincere, constructed, or false sense of self. Ultimately, Atwood's contrived yet organic setting speaks to the divide between nations, self and other and, finally, oneself and one's self.