The Troubles of Being a Woman

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Canadian feminist author, Margaret Atwood, has written many novels, short stories, and poems reflecting the difficulties women have faced throughout the late 1900s. By creating characters that portray the new woman, Atwood’s relatable yet surprising plots demonstrate the struggles women have gone through to earn their standings in society. Now, in the twenty-first century, women have earned a nearly equal status to men in many important areas. Some of these areas include occupation, education, and intelligence. As women become more successful, the importance of certain female traits become emphasized. Atwood creates female characters that embody the image of the ideal new woman. In addition to her female characters, Atwood develops characters that pose as representations of the past. The characters that are the most relatable to readers are the ones who tackle the difficult roles of being a wife, a mother, and a woman in a predominantly male-run civilization. In Margret Atwood’s The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tail, and Surfacing, female characters confront the challenges of developing their role in a marriage, escaping oppression from society, and accepting the value of fertility. In today’s society, women tend to feel pressured into finding a spouse before the opportunity to fall in love passes by. Unfortunately, love is not the only reason for two people to get married. Support and security provide a person with the comfort of not being alone for the rest of their lives, however, many fear time may run out if they do not act fact. In Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman, Marian McAlpin displays struggles in her decision to commit to her fiancé; Peter. Although she admires him, something just isn’t quite right. In the Over... ... middle of paper ... ...s Series 887. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. Kauder, Stacy. "The Edible Woman." Herizons Spring 2005: 40. Student Resources in Context. Web. 1 Nov. 2013. Malak, Amin, “Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the Dystopian Tradition,” in Canadian Literature, No. 112, Spring, 1987, pp. 9-16 Marshall, Tom, “Atwood Under and Above Water,” in his Harsh and Lovely Land: The Major Canadian Poets and the Making of a Canadian Tradition, University of British Columbia Press, 1978, pp.154-61 "Overview of Margaret (Eleanor) Atwood." DISCovering Authors. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Student Resources in Context. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. Wagner, Linda W., “The Making of ‘Selected Poems’, the Process of Surfacing,” in The Art of Margaret Atwood: Essay in Criticism, edited by Arnold E. Davidson and Cathy N. Davidson, Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 1981, pp. 81-94
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