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Atwood's Tricks With Mirrors as a Declaration of Female Independence

- Atwood's Tricks With Mirrors as a Declaration of Female Independence Relationships are complex things, with ever-changing dynamics. Some traditional roles are always played in the constant search for balance between giving and taking in relationships. Women have historically and stereotypically played the role of "giver" in male-female romantic unions. In recent years the gender laws of relationships have been changing and evolving, but even as recently as the 1970s and 1980s women have been restricted to the role of complacent giver in their relationships....   [tags: Atwood Tricks With Mirrors Essays]

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Society's Influence on People Depicted in George Orwell's Shooting an Elephant and Lucy Grealy's Mirrors

- Throughout the ages, people have at times been influenced by society to do things they would not normally do. There are people who have been influenced to do things they did not desire to do at the behest of others, simply to be accepted by their peers. The choices that are made in life affect you either way even if they were made by you or someone else. Each choice made has a consequence which will affect the individual and in return the decision will produce a particular outcome. Influence is a hard thing to calculate into someone’s life and seeing how it changes lives for better or for worst is very difficult....   [tags: shooting an elephant, mirrors]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Tulips Somewhat Symbolize The Handmaid 's

- ... In both cases, Offred feels violated. Atwood might be relating this to how women 's privacy is usually violated by men. " Still, it was a message, and it was in writing, forbidden by that very fact, and it had not yet been discovered" ( Atwood 52) Offred 's act of reading shows her rebellious side as reading is forbidden in Gilead. This symbolizes her opposition to Gilead 's despotism. By reading the message, it makes her feel that she still has the freedom to communicate with another women....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Woman]

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The Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood

- It seems that more often when a group of people or a nation encounters calamity, some great “act of God,” or even just change, collectively, we begin to seek answers from a higher power. We tend to either blame or seek solace in this higher power or we seek what it is we can change to please this higher power. Without realizing we begin to adjust laws, limit freedoms, and become despotic fascist, all in the name of God. This fear of conforming and reverting back to the “dark ages,” constraining women to “know their role or place” is what seems to have driven Margaret Atwood to write her satirical novel “The Handmaids Tale.” “The Handmaids Tale,” written by Margaret Atwood is a futuristic no...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Atwood's Framing of the Story in "Alias Grace"

- One of the main themes of the postmodern movement includes the idea that history is only what one makes of it. In other words, to the postmodern philosopher history is only a story humans frame and create about their past (Bruzina). Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace is an excellent exploration of this postmodern idea. Through use of postmodern writing styles and techniques, Atwood explores how the framing of a story influences its meaning. By mixing different writing mediums such as prose, poetry, period style letters, and historical documents such as newspaper articles, Atwood achieves a complex novel that explores a moment of history in a unique way....   [tags: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood, ]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... The Commander and Offred are never supposed to talk or even be in the same room together unless it is when the Ceremony is; even then she is not really alone with him. In the book Offred is walking around the halls when everyone is suppose to be sleeping. Offred thinks to herself "I want to steal something" (Atwood, pg. 97) while lying in bed. When she is out looking for something to take, Nick comes up behind her and says "He wants to see you. In his office" (Atwood, pg. 99). This is another important section in the story, because Margaret is showing that Offred is trying to rebel again....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... The narrator is a handmaid so she had to wear red. Red can represent love and passion even power. In this case the color red for the handmaids is merely represented as fertility. The main character didn’t quite like the idea of the dress code. Powerless and without a say in the way she should dress she thought red was not as bad for her color skin. The handmaids were deprived from all human communication and individualism. On page 22 she says: “ I enjoy the power; power of a dog bone, passive but there”(Atwood, 22)....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- The Handmaid 's tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. The novel takes place in the not too distant future where because of disease and war the government of the United States is replaced by a new theocratic society called Republic of Gilead. The new government which is established uses the bible as a base. The bible is also used as a justification system to all the new laws and also to justify what is moral. In theory, you would expect a perfect society if religion was used to rule, however Atwood shows the reader many reasons why that would may not be true....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, explores the concept of a dystopian totalitarian Christian theocracy, the Republic of Gilead, that overthrows the United States government at an unspecified point in the near future. Gilead enforces a highly controlled patriarchal and militaristic society based on fundamentalist biblical principles. This new order is necessitated by widespread infertility caused by toxic pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as many women ceasing to want children....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... Throughout the beginning chapters of the novel, Offred talks about the various uniforms worn by the people of Gilead, from the Handmaids red attire to the stripped dressings of the Econowives. The color of each uniform, such as the blue used for Wives, is a symbol of not only their societal status, but also where they belong. It is through the colors that order is kept, adding bias to a person not based upon merit, but solely by the color of their apparel. This, as well as the loss of identity, proves to be extremely detrimental in a dystopian society as it completely erases the identity of the person, leaving little hope for future individuality altogether if something is not soon accom...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... Once the Gilead regime has control of the country they also take control of not just sexual reproduction but the act of sex itself. Sex in this novel is represented as something one does purely for the result of creating a child. This contrasts starkly with the time before when Ofwarren would secretly meet up with the man who would later become her husband to have sex in hotel rooms. The luxury of sex for pleasure has been taken away by the regime as procreation is thought of as the number one most important thing so women who are fertile are solely used for that purpose....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... I don’t want him to know too much”(Atwood 185). Offred is at the mercy of the Commander and knows that if she gives away too much about herself then she will lose a part of who she is and the little power she has over him. However insignificant, the power of one gender over the other is shifting in Offred’s favor. At this point in the novel, Offred realizes the Commander’s yearning for intimacy. She also notices his struggle to create that intimacy with her. Consequently, this realization turns into an objective....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Every human being needs certain rights to survive. There are the fundamental ones; food, water, air, shelter, but there are also other ones that are equally important to survive: love, communication, compassion, freedom. In many dystopian societies one of these fundamental needs are missing because the society is afraid that they will break the control that they have over the people. In the novel The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood the society is no different. Narrated by a woman named Offred who once was happy who had a family and a job, she shows the reader that to keep people quiet the society takes away people 's freedom, their ability to choose, their ability to be with and talk to...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- “[W]e are not slaves in name, and cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else 's legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits. For all our talk about liberation and personal autonomy, there are few choices that we are free to make” (Berry). In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood the protagonist Offred lives through a changing of society, in which is described by Aunt Lydia in the new society as the difference of freedom to and freedom from. The complexities of freedom are examined through social norms, relationships, and safety in society....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Maiden in Distress Freedom. Everybody desires it, but not everyone has it. In third world countries, many people fall victim to slavery and many more do not have the freedom to seek what they want. In "The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood the main character, Offred, struggles to find freedom in her prison like home called the Red Center, her uniform chains her to the life given to her, and she carries a hope that she will one day escape the Red Center. Offred is a handmaid that lives in the Red Center, a building in which the handmaids, the marthas, the aunts, the housewife, and the commander live in....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- In Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale, society is meant to have overcome the sinful tendencies of modern culture. People who would rebel against the new status quo are broken through torture and conditioning. The character Moira acts as a symbol of the main characters, Offred 's, hope and need for rebelliousness. The perceived loss of this hope causes Offred to begin a spiral of indifference which leads her to cling to Nick as a replacement and a way to find meaning in an extra meaningless life....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

- In a world dominated by religion it was thought that the only place where perfection existed was within God. In some cases, for instance the ontological argument, it was the proof to his existence. But in a modern world the concept of perfection has been distorted and comes with an abundance of seemingly negative consequences, ultimately putting into question whether or not perfection is even possible. In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake the concept of perfection is constantly challenged in a world run by corporations who are trying to package human perfection and profit from it....   [tags: oryx and crake, margaret atwood ]

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The Handmaid 's Tale, By Margaret Atwood

- ... It’s part of the procreational strategy. It’s Nature’s plan.” According to Commander Fred, men need to sleep around because it’s in the interest of the human race. This illustrates the propaganda that was delivered to suit the patriarchal regime to justify the sexual inequality, injustice and misuse of spirituality or morality to generate control within their society. Similar to Atwood, Dawe was opposed to the dehumanising process of wars, and dominating people that removed knowledge within society as reflected by his poem ‘Weapons Training’....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Morality]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margret Atwood

- In Margret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale a woman named Offred shares her experience in the Republic of Gilead as a housemaid. As the story begins, we find that the regime strategically encroaches the rights of women, independence and seizes anything they thought to be pleasurable deeming it contraband. This includes clothing, literature especially old magazines, and cosmetics. Offred, remembers a time when she was married to her husband Luke with a job and having her own financial backing. However one day it all changes when she get fired from her job and when she tries to go to the bank they won’t allow her to get her money out....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Bible]

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Symbolism and Loss of Identity in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Symbolism and Loss of Identity in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Offred recounts the story of her life and that of others in Gilead, but she does not do so alone. The symbolic meanings found in the dress code of the women, the names/titles of characters, the absence of the mirror, and the smell and hunger imagery aid her in telling of the repugnant conditions in the Republic of Gilead. The symbols speak with a voice of their own and in decibels louder than Offred can ever dare to use....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays Atwood ]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Ryan Lee 11-21-14 AP Literature Period 7 The Handmaids Tale Essay Whether women are equal to men or not this is an ongoing topic that brings to light many different opinions. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, is a fictional yet plausible story that Atwood uses to warn us of the possibility of our society changing into her dystopian fantasy. To convey her argument, Atwood uses the point of view of a women named Offred to demonstrate the morals and struggles of women in this male-dominated society known as Gilead....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale provides a look into a dystopian world of complete male dominance. Women have been entirely denied of their basic needs, and are no longer able to live as individuals. For decades preceding the creation of Gilead, women were regarded as subordinate to men. These inequalities often led women to believe they were inferior and lacked the knowledge and power men seemed to display. They were not granted access to voting rights, equal wages, or job opportunities. As the years progressed, women fought for equal rights; however, these accomplishments were soon revoked with the transition of the United States, into a totalitarian region known as The Republic of G...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Marriage is not a Game as Seen in Margaret Atwood's Habitation

- Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist and poet whose writing usually treats contemporary issues, such as feminism, sexual politics, and the intrusive nature of mass society. While she is best known for her works as a novelist, her poetry is also noteworthy. One of her notable poems, “Habitation,” discusses the seriousness of marriage. The speaker basically gives a message that the marriage is not a game or a play; rather, it is a serious, unstable condition that calls for a lot of effort and attention to maintain harmony....   [tags: Margaret Atwood, poems, Habitation, ]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Many texts that were published from different authors have introduced topics that can be related in today’s society, but Margaret Atwood’s creation called, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, gives voice to the thoughts and revolves around the narrator Offred, a woman whose rights have been deprived due to political issues. However, the information shared by Offred to the reader to the text is not reliable for the reason that she only touches upon her own perspective. Through the text, Atwood depicted what the United States of America would be in the future based on the actions of humanity during 1980’s....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Censorship Of The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... According to the King James ' Bible, it says "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy"(King James Bible, Psalm 1:1-6; Luke 6:20-23). This portrays how after many years of brainwashing Handmaid 's, Gilead censors the information they give to the citizens in order for them to follow their laws, and conform to every rule the government system has set. In additions, if the Handmaid 's know the rest of the verses from the Bible, or be reminded of them, they would go against the laws of Gilead, and they would try to escape the grotesque society....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- If this were to be a world similar to that of Offred’s in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, then this very essay would never even exist. This would be a world in which a woman would certainly not be allowed to sit at a computer and type out her thoughts. Writing, speaking, singing; these are all ways a woman, or any other person, can communicate their own feelings. However, being able to communicate one’s thoughts is not a privilege women can enjoy in Gilead. Women are allowed neither to read nor write, and even their everyday speech must be restrained....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... Offred describes the various specific outfits of each kind of woman. For the handmaids, “Everything except the wings around my face is red: the color of blood, which defines us. The skirt is ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke that extends over the breasts, the sleeves are full. The white wings too are prescribed issue; they are to keep us from seeing, but also from being seen” (Atwood 8). Her impression of her garb shows how rigid the rules around wardrobe are. It is an interesting paradox that the wings frame her face but she is not to be seen so in addition, she wears a veil over her face....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... Housemaids are made to wear all red besides their nun like white wings that work as blinders. The red represents passion and sin that can be turned white by the cleansing power of God. Commanders are the patriarchal head of the house who have a duty to father children either by their Wife or a Handmaid if needed. “Not every Commander has a handmaid; some of their Wives have children. From each, says the slogan, according to her ability; to each according to his needs… It was from the Bible, or so they said....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Misogyny Of The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Flawless Flawed Women; The Internalized Misogyny in The Handmaid’s Tale Women, are socialized to internalize a hatred of femininity and espouse the belief that they “aren’t like other girls” to separate ourselves from the generalizations. Phrases like “Women are catty” “Women constantly gossip, and are shallow” “Boys have less drama” homogenize the entire female gender down to a few negative stereotypes. When women perpetuate sexist stereotypes it is called internalized misogyny. Women are guilty of perpetuating misogyny as often as men....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... This is important because it leads to Offred’s affair with him later in the story. Offred finally agrees and this begins her arrangement, and later affair, with Nick. In appreciation of Offred’s cooperation, Serena Joy offers Offred a picture of her daughter in return. Offred realizes that Serena Joy has had this picture for a while and planned to use it for her personal gain. Offred’s former feelings about Serena Joy’s character return. She sees her as a power hungry, selfish woman once more....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Imagine if you can, living in a world that tells you what you are to wear, where to live, as well as your position and value to society. In Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, she shows us the Republic of Gilead does just that. Offred, the main character, is a Handmaid, whose usefulness is her ovaries. Handmaids are ordered to live in a house with a Commander, his wife, and once a month attempt to become pregnant by the Commander....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Atwood Margaret Essays]

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The 's Tale By Margaret Atwood And Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro

- ... As a woman, she wants to be seen as a feminine person like she should be. However, in the society of Gilead, the Handmaids and their bodies are only used for reproduction through the act of sex, which makes Offred not want to look at herself because she does not want to be only determined by her body. Offred desperately craves love/intimacy. She does get to participate in the act of sex during the Ceremony, but sex for her is without emotion, and that’s what she truly wants. “But this is wrong, nobody dies from lack of sex....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Colonialism in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

- Colonialism in Margaret Atwood's 'Surfacing' Margaret Atwood's novel 'Surfacing' demonstrates the complex question of identity for an English-speaking Canadian female. Identity, for the protagonist has become problematic because of her role as a victim of colonial forces. She has been colonized by men in the patriarchal society in which she grew up, by Americans and their cultural imperialism, or neo-colonialism as it has come to be known as, and the Euro-centric legacy that remains in her country although the physical presence of English and French rulers have gone....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Surfacing]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale The Historical Notes are important in the way we perceive the novel as they answer many important questions raised by the novel and also enhance some of the novels main themes. The first question it answers is the one raised at the end of the novel; that is whether Offred is stepping up into the,'darkness,' or the, 'light.' The reader finds out that Offred escaped Gilead, presumably into Canada, with the help of the,'Underground Femaleroad.' The reader also learns that it was Nick who orchestrated her escape, using his position as a member of the Eyes....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- I Tell, Therefore I Am In Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, women are subjected to unthinkable oppression. Practically every aspect of their life is controlled, and they are taught to believe that their only purpose is to bear children for their commander. These “handmaids” are not allowed to read, write or speak freely. Any type of expression would be dangerous to the order of the Gilead’s strict society. They are conditioned to believe that they are safer in this new society. Women are supposedly no longer exploited or disrespected (pornography, rape, etc.) as they once were....   [tags: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale]

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Analysis Of ' Cat 's Eye ' By Margaret Atwood

- ... Moreover, A Mother is commonly known for her vital role in providing nurture and support for her child. Elaine’s mother is unable to express this aspect towards her daughter when it comes to the incident that happened with her friends. This is revealed when she states, “you have to learn to stand up for yourself, don’t let them push you around. Don’t be spineless. You have to have more backbone.” (431). The mother’s lack of support and harsh tone towards Elaine in one of her weakest moments, leads her to think that her mother is betraying her....   [tags: Mary, Blessed Virgin Mary, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood tells a saddening story about a not-to-distant future where toxic chemicals and abuses of the human body have resulted in many men and women alike becoming sterile. The main character, Offred, gives a first person encounter about her subservient life as a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a republic formed after a bloody coup against the United States government. She and her fellow handmaids are fertile women that the leaders of Gilead, the Commanders, enslave to ensure their power and the population of the Republic....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale is a gripping novel about one woman's struggle through a revolution of extremism. In this society of severe military rule, her position is one of slavery were she is used for breeding. She is under constant surveillance and any miscue she makes can result in death. We follow her along this path as she meets different characters, goes through daring situations, and reflects on her former life. The thing about the novel that is so striking is seeing all the human emotions and the characters adapt in the most inhumane of times....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale]

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Relationships and Religion in "The Handmaids Tale" by Margaret Atwood

- In the novel The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood the themes of Religion and inter-human relationships are the themes that are most evident in the text. This novel shows the possibility of the existence of an all-powerful governing system. This is portrayed through the lack of freedom for women in society, from being revoked of their right to own any money or property, to being stripped of their given names and acquiring names such as Offred and Ofglen, symbolizing women’s dependant existence, only being defined by the men which they belong to....   [tags: Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood, relationships, re]

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The Mirrors

- The Mirrors It was a small, circular mirror. When Jake picked it up, he saw his crystal clear reflection, enhanced by the smooth, silver glass. He looked up out of the old boxes he was rummaging through to find the rest of his dimly lit garage. He could hear kids playing outside and he rubbed his hands together, trying to remedy the sting of the bitter, unrelenting cold. He picked up the mirror, and took it into his mansion of a house in a quiet, peaceful suburb. It was a Midwestern winter, and the days were short, bringing cold nights laced with the sounds of speeding cars flying down the highway....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

- Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood As I first started to read ‘Oryx and Crake’, I was somewhat skeptical of whether or not I would enjoy reading it. The first chapter confused me with unusual words that I have never heard or seen before. Whenever I read something it is usually a book or magazine that I plan on reading or that is based on actual facts on a certain subject such as history or sports related. This book came as a surprise as I started to read it because it was not as hard to understand as I thought it would be and was actually quite enjoyable....   [tags: Atwood Oryx Crake Book Review]

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Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood

- Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood "Rape Fantasies" is written by Margaret Atwood in 1977. Basically this short story is about the narrator, named Estelle, recalling a conversation of several women during their lunch hour. It starts with one of Estelle's co-workers, asking the question 'How about it, girls, do you have rape fantasies?'(pg 72) The story goes on with each woman telling their supposed 'rape fantasy' to one another. As each is telling their fantasy, Estelle is doing her best to try to deflect the situation by making jokes about their fantasies....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Rape Fantasies Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Chapter nine opening section two of the novel is mainly recalling the last chapters and about the narrator rediscovering herself, surfacing the truth. In section one we see the narrator talking in the present tense in a very descriptive form, outlining the novel. However in section two we see her talking in the past tense demonstrating the stories she is telling. The separation between the human and the natural world and the narrator’s struggle with language most directly portrays the novel's dualities....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Love of God replaces love of humanity in Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred’s recollections of her past life, especially of her husband, are ones filled with passion and happiness as she remembers his tenderness towards her. Much more emphasis is put on the physical human form in her memories; she often remembers lying with her husband while she wears little or no clothing. Appreciation of the human form is an essential component of loving humanity....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid Tale Essays]

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The Black and White World of Atwood's Surfacing

- The Black and White World of Atwood's Surfacing        Many people elect to view the world and life as a series of paired opposites-love and hate, birth and death, right and wrong. As Anne Lamott said, "it is so much easier to embrace absolutes than to suffer reality" (104). This quote summarizes the thoughts of the narrator in Margaret Atwood's novel Surfacing.  The narrator, whose name is never mentioned, must confront a past that she has tried desperately to ignore (7). She sees herself and the world around her as either the innocent victim or the victimizer, never both....   [tags: Atwood Surfacing Essays]

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Tips and Tricks on How to Draw

- I have been drawing since seventh grade, practicing whenever I could, even in the middle of class. I remember not having to go to a parent teacher conference because I complained about not wanting to go, all because I knew the teachers probably had something to say about my grades and lack of attention in class. I drew so much in Jr. High and high school that there were a few instances where my parents would often get angry and threaten to take my drawing stuff away. They had gone to parent teacher conferences and were told that I never paid attention in class because I was always drawing....   [tags: personal reflections, drawing the human figure]

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Advertising Tricks and Misleading Media

- In todays society, we can see the media and especially social media everywhere. It is the most effective means in influencing people’s mind. Since all companies exist to create profit by selling as many of their product as possible, they are able to take advantage of the media by creating advertisements. Unfortunately, most companies will say just about anything to sell their products. Because of this, there has been a lot of misleading and untruthful factors created in advertisements. “Weasel words” (Lutz 127) are one of the ways that author William Lutz, in his essay, "With These Words, I Can Sell You Anything”, describe the terms or words that advertisers use in order to convince their...   [tags: persuasive, products, consumers]

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Atwood's Attention to Words in The Handmaid's Tale

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Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

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Rereading Atwood's Surfacing

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The Psychological Journey of the Narrator in Atwood’s Surfacing

- The Psychological Journey of the Narrator in Atwood’s Surfacing       In Surfacing, a novel by Margaret Atwood, the narrator undertakes three basic journeys: a physical quest to search for her lost father, a biographical journey into her past, and most importantly a psychological journey. The psychological journey allows the narrator to reconcile her past and ultimately leads to the conclusion of the physical journey. In this psychological voyage into her innerself, the narrator, while travelling from cognizant rational reasoning to subconscious dissociated reality progresses through three stages....   [tags: Atwood Surfacing Essays]

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A Church Mirrors A Society

- A church mirrors a society. In the words of David Bosch, “The key to the understanding of history as God’s revelation lies in the eyes of the beholder.” God can be seen as One who ‘nationalizes’ all humanity, or as the Great Revolutionary, and the church can be seen as a pillar of the status quo or a force for social change. All around the world, groups in churches have become vital elements in the swing to the right and fear-ridden resistance to change. The churches have also spawned the growth of what Brazilian Archbishop Helder Camera calls “Abrahamic minorities” and in South Africa, these groups have pushed their establishments to stand up for measures leading to the gradual dismantling...   [tags: South Africa, Africa, Black people]

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The Unnecessary Paranoia of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

- The Unnecessary Paranoia of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake The novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood provides a dystopic vision of the outcome of unregulated pursuit of knowledge and control over nature. It is unlikely that the scenario portrayed in the novel would ever occur beyond fiction. The reason being the United States and many other countries already have regulating agencies and oversight commissions that would prevent scientists such as Crake from ever developing his ideas into reality....   [tags: Atwood Oryx Crake Essays]

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Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

- Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Alias Grace is the most recent novel by Margaret Atwood, Canada’s most prominent modern novelist. The novel is, as Atwood writes in her afterword, ‘a work of fiction, although it is based on reality’(538) centred on the case of Victorian Canada’s most celebrated murderess, Grace Marks, an immigrant Irish servant girl. The manner in which Atwood imaginatively reconfigures historical fact in order to create a subversive text which ‘writes back’ to both the journals of a Canadian literary ancestor, and to Canada’s nineteenth century self -image, illustrates what critic Linda Hutcheon has called ‘the use of irony as a powerful subversive rule in the rethinking and...   [tags: Margaret Atwood Alias Grace Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

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Mirrors by Sylvia Plath

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Operation Walls and Mirrors

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The Manipulative Sirens and Their Victims in Margaret Atwood's Siren Song

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Intertwined Themes of Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls

- The Intertwined Themes of Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls     Dancing Girls is a collection of Margaret Atwood's short stories. Each story captures a different aspect of society, different people of different ages, culture and status, with different attitudes, emotions and behavior; all in different locations and life circumstances. Yet there are many connections between the stories and these links are primarily found in Atwood's portrayal of women. As Atwood says: By and large my novel's center on women...None of them are about miners in the mines, seamen on the sea, convicts in the jail, the boys in the backroom, the locker rooms at the football game…How come....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Dancing Girls Essays]

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Society in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “Atwood’s feminism is an integral part of her critical approach, just as her concept of criticism is inseparable from her creative work” Walter Pache (1). A dystopia is a fictional society, usually existing in a future time period, in which the condition of life is extremely difficult due to deprivation, oppression or terror. In most dystopian fiction, a corrupt government creates or sustains the poor quality of life, often conditioning the masses to believe the society is proper and just, even perfect....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel and Film

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel and Film The Handmaid's Tale, a science-fiction novel written by Margaret Atwood, focuses on women's rights and what could happen to them in the future. This novel was later made into a movie in 1990. As with most cases of books made into movies, there are some similarities and differences between the novel and the film. Overall the film tends to stay on the same track as the book with a few minor details changed, and only two major differences. Atwood sets the story not too far into the future, and the women have lost almost all of their rights....   [tags: Compare Contrast Handmaid Atwood Essays]

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The Mind Plays Tricks By John Locke

- In John Locke’s work he talks about how we obtain our thought and belief of the real world from our sense like smell, touch, sight. His argument is that you cannot get representation about everyday life through experience you need your sense to help find the truth of reality. In the reading above Locke talks about internal ideas, and those ideas being taken from particular things, this is stating that the mind plays tricks by creating stereotypes for us to compare ourselves to everyday in our reality....   [tags: Mind, Empiricism, John Locke, Philosophy of mind]

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Atwood’s Presentation of her Female Characters

- Atwood’s Presentation of her Female Characters Early in the novel Atwood presents us with the division between ladies and women. The example given is Grace compared to the governor’s wife and the ladies who frequently visit her. It seems that grace wishes that she was a lady when she comments “I have no gloves” this shows that Grace is conscious of her appearance even if she is in prison. Grace cannot sit on the governor’s wife’s settee without thinking of the ladies that have sat there before her who have bums “like wobbly soft boiled eggs”....   [tags: Alias Grace Margaret Atwood Essays]

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Writing Is Like Showing Magic Tricks

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I Am Playing Tricks On Me

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Useful Dog Obedience Training Tricks

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The United States as a Dystopian society in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale

- In the Days of Anarchy To live in a country such as the United States of America is considered a privilege. The liberties that American citizens are entitled to, as declared in the Constitution, makes the United States an attractive and envied democracy. It would be improbable to imagine these liberties being stripped from American society. However, Margaret Atwood depicts the United States as a dystopian society in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The first society is modern America, with its autonomy and liberal customs....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale]

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Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Attwood

- ... It is apparent that in this society the Handmaid’s are forced or deceived into contributing to the domineering tendencies of the new government, as demonstrated by the presence of brainwashing Aunts. Most women in the new society experience very little freedom due to the fact that they are essentially owned by their male commanders. They are expected to wait hand and foot, and submit to their will. This is loosely based on the framework of a Biblical precedent from thousands of years ago. In regards to the Handmaids, their very names are merely devices used to denote to whom they belong; broken into their component parts....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Family Faces Are Like Magic Mirrors

- Gail Lumet Buckley once said "Family faces are like magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.” We all come from some where and that is truly what makes you part of who you are. You identify yourself the way that you do for many reasons; whether it’s skin color, eye color, hair color, where you come from, and many other different qualities. But what some people don’t think to much about is, you identify with those things because of your ancestors, the people before you....   [tags: Family, Human skin color, Discrimination]

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Character Analysis of Estelle in Atwood's Rape Fantasies

- Character Analysis of Estelle in Atwood's Rape Fantasies    Estelle is the only thoroughly developed character in Margaret Atwood's "Rape Fantasies." Though she is the narrator and quite thoughtful of the ideas and reactions of the story's supporting players, it is her almost obsessive preoccupation with a singular topic that actually prompts her to fully illustrate her own ideas and reactions, drawing a character far more compelling than any of the men or women she will attempt to describe....   [tags: Rape Fantasies Essays Margaret Atwood Papers]

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Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood

- Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis and The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood The adolescent years are often associated with turbulence, illusion, and self-discovery; however, Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim and Margaret Atwood’s The Edible Woman demonstrate that more often than not, the twenties possess these qualities to a greater extent than adolescence. The age period of the twenties often consists of relationships, employment and self issues and using the premise of these uncertain times, Amis and Atwood effectively satire various societal systems....   [tags: Lucky Jim Amis Edible Margaret Atwood Essays]

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Tricks and Lies in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Hairstyle Tips and Tricks for Girls Wearing Glasses

- Girls take time styling their hair. For some it’s just a simple brush and off they would go to school or to the office. But for some it can be more than that. To some, preparing their hair for the day ahead would mean having hair straighteners and hair styling products in hand with these considerations in mind: the colour and style of clothes they are going to wear for the day, the shoes they would wear with their wardrobe, the type of makeup they are going to apply, and the overall look they want to achieve....   [tags: Frames, Style]

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Advice on Finding Elegant Bathroom Vanity Mirrors

- When it comes to choosing bathroom vanity mirrors, there are many different styles and types to select from. The key to figuring out the best type for your bathroom is to select the style that will best match your bathroom's décor. By doing this, you will help to create an absolutely beautiful scene in your bathroom that is sure to not only enhance the overall elegance and ambiance of your home but will also help to improve its overall worth. Develop a Decorating Plan Before you begin looking at mirrors for your bathroom, develop a decorating plan with ideas of what you would like to see in your finished bathroom....   [tags: Styles, Types, Considerations]

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National Identity Crisis in Margaret Atwood’s Through the One-Way Mirror

- National Identity Crisis in Margaret Atwood’s Through the One-Way Mirror National identity is one of the most important factors in maintaining a country. It defines one’s nation, culture and everything associated with that country. When it comes to Canada, however, it seems that our national identity has been lost. In Margaret Atwood’s essay “Through the One-Way Mirror,” she effectively questions Canada’s national identity through symbolism and ambiguity. At first glance, this essay seems to be about American dominance in the Canadian-American relationship with its numerous powerful metaphors and extensive use of symbolism....   [tags: Papers]

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The Use of Mirrors in The Scarlet Letter

- The Use of Mirrors in The Scarlet Letter "Life is for each man," states Eugene O'Neill, "a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors." In other words, one can fool himself, but a mirror reflects only the truth. In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, mirrors are used as a literary device to convey a message. Dimmesdale, Chillingworth, Hester, and Pearl each judge themselves with mirrors. Through the use of mirrors, The Scarlet Letter provides an insight into the faults, or lack thereof, of the four main characters....   [tags: Scarlet Letter essays]

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The Mirrors of Classic Physics

- The Mirrors of Classic Physics Plenty of conceptions of mirrors are not so different from models in middle school physics. The mirror is a line dividing the ‘real’ from the ‘virtual’, and the image is the same on both sides. It is a plane in three-dimensional space, a slash in textual space, and a boundary to fluid spaces. In physics class, rays of light go from each point of the image and bounce off the mirror in such a way that they seem to have come from the virtual object. These are not the only mirrors....   [tags: Physics Science Self Identification Essays]

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How Literature Mirrors the Era

- How Literature Mirrors the Era Beowulf, Macbeth, Eaters of the Dead, The Canterbury Tales, The Merchant of Venice, and Paradise Lost all reflect the time eras in which each was written. Each of which era reflects a totally different outlook on life. The Anglo-Saxon era was focused on blood, war, tragedy, heroism, and evilness. William the Conquerer was making his invasions around the world; this set the world to attention, making war and violence a common spectacle. Beowulf is one of the oldest known literary records of the beginnings of the English language....   [tags: Papers]

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The Appearance of Highly Reflective Fault Mirrors in Carbonate Rocks

- The appearance of highly reflective fault mirrors (FMs) (Figure 1) in carbonate rocks is a topic that is only recently receiving interest. Knowing the conditions that are required to produce these FMs is important as it can indicate how the fault has ruptured providing a mitigation tool for appropriate plans to be put in place for similar events in limestone dominated regions. This is geologically important, has economical significance and could save lives. Recognised FMs occur in carbonate rocks during presumed faulting which is a common occurrence in the earth’s upper crust (Barnhoon et al 2005), especially through Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy (Smith et al 2011)....   [tags: dead sea, atomic force microscopy]

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