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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 Surfacing

- Margaret Atwood's 'Surfacing' Throughout the book the narrator constantly intertwines the past and present as though it is side by side. Atwood shows this in the opening sentence ‘’I can’t believe I’m on this road again’’. The use of the adjective ‘again’ reveals the narrator has been in this place in an earlier life. The narrator seems to repress a lot of her past and continuously contradicts herself, which at times confuses the reader as we can not tell whether she is talking about her past or her present and whether she regards it as home as she says ‘’Now were on home ground foreign territory’’....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Surfacing Essays]

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The Painful and Lonely Journey in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing

- The Painful and Lonely Journey in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing Not all journeys are delightful undertakings. In Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, the nameless narrator underwent a painful process of shedding the false skins she had acquired in the city, in order to obtain a psychic cleansing towards an authentic self. By recognizing the superficial qualities of her friends, uncovering the meaning of love, and rediscovering her childhood, the narrator was prepared for change. She was ready to take the plunge and resurface in her true form....   [tags: Surfacing]

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Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

- Surfacing by Margaret Atwood In "Surfacing," by Margaret Atwood, the unnamed protagonist acquires a radical perception of reality that is developed through an intense psychological journey on the island that served as her childhood home. Truth can be taken from the narrator's viewpoint, but the reader must explore the inner turmoil plaguing her in order to understand the basis of such beliefs. The narrator's perception of reality can be deemed reliable once all of these factors are understood; however, throughout the novel Atwood develops many unseen connections that are essential to such and understanding....   [tags: Papers]

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Colonization in Literature

- Our current world has been extremely shaped by colonization, but the rapid spread of its influence has neglected to minister to the diverse and significant traits of each country. In Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Atwood explores the effects colonization on Quebec’s cultural and social environment. With the expansion of the English language, French subculture has been slowly pushed back and forced to integrate with an Anglophonic culture. Along with integration of culture, comes the loss of the history and traditions that define a people....   [tags: Margaret Atwood's Surfacing, Quebec]

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Quest for Self-Identity in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing and The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

- As the post-colonial criticism developed, the theorists have agreed upon the fact that the role of feminism in the post-colonial practice is crucial. Moreover, these two theories clearly have the same goals. On the one hand, the main objective of both of them is to disclose the traditional power structures, both patriarchal and imperial. On the other hand, both feminism and post-colonial criticism aim to show the way the writers challenge the respective forms of authority. The main concerns of the post-colonial criticism are the formation of canon, the phases through which imperialism and decolonization have gone, as well as how these processes are expressed in literature....   [tags: history, post-colonial criticism]

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Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing – Is the Film More Absurd than the Novel?

- Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing – Is the Film More Absurd than the Novel. Surfacing, starring Joseph Bottoms, is not only an astute interpretation of Atwood’s work, but it is also a marvellous film in itself. Yes, marvellous. Certainly, it does justice to Atwood’s portrayal of substanceless women, but if it has any clearly defined themes, they are lost on the audience. What more could an audience want but a film that is incoherent and that is filled with vivid imageries. A woman dancing half-naked with a maggot-infested heron....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Ambiguities of Counter-Hegemonic Monologism in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing

- Ambiguities of Counter-Hegemonic Monologism in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing In his book Ideologies of Epic, Colin Graham looks at the recognisable tendency of Victorian epic poetry to establish or attempt to establish a monologic discourse in relation to the concept of nation, national literature and empire. Epic as genre and the concept of nation, “ . . . desiring to be ‘centripetal’, turning in upon themselves, denying the existence of the ‘other’” (Graham,1), is a phenomenon relevant to monologic discourse as it may be perceived not only in national epic but also in the novel and it’s concomitant ideologies....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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The Wilderness in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Mary Austin’s Land of Little Rain, and Gary Snyder’s

- The Wilderness in Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Mary Austin’s Land of Little Rain, and Gary Snyder’s The Practice of the Wild Journeys into the wilderness test far more than the physical boundaries of the human traveler. Twentieth century wilderness authors move beyond the traditional travel-tour approach where nature is an external diversion from everyday life. Instead, nature becomes a catalyst for knowing our internal wilderness and our universal connections to all living things. In Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, Mary Austin’s Land of Little Rain, and Gary Snyder’s The Practice of the Wild, “nature” mirrors each narrator: what the narrators ultimately discover in the wilderness reflects wh...   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast 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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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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The Malignant American in Surfacing

- The Malignant American in Surfacing     Before traveling through Europe last summer, friends advised me to avoid being identified as an American.  Throughout Europe, the term American connotes arrogance and insensitivity to local culture.  In line with the foregoing stereotype, the unnamed narrator's use of the term American in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing is used to describe individuals of any nationality who are unempathetic and thus destructive.  The narrator, however, uses the word in the context of her guilt over her abortion and consequent emotional numbness.  The narrator's vituperative definition of American as an individual who is unempathetic and destructive is largely attributa...   [tags: Atwood Surfacing 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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A Feminist Perspective of Atwood's Surfacing

- A Feminist Perspective of Surfacing                 Often referred to as a "feminist / ecological treatise" by critics, Margaret Atwood's Surfacing reflects the politics and issues of the postmodern society (Hutcheon 145). The narrator of the story (who remains nameless) returns to the undeveloped island that she grew up on to search for her missing father; in the process, she unmasks the dualities and inconsistencies in both her personal life and her patriarchal society. Through the struggle to reclaim her identity and roots, the Surfacer begins a psychological journey that leads her directly into the natural world....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Literary Works of Margaret Atwood

- Literary Works of Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is an acclaimed poet, novelist, and short story writer. With such a variety of works in different types of writing, it is difficult to grasp every aspect of Atwood's purpose of writing. A comparative analysis of Rape Fantasies reveals the Atwood's writing is varied in many ways yet soundly consistent especially when comparing a particular set of writing such as a group of her other short stories. Atwood's background plays a large part in her writing....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Feminine Quest in Surfacing and Song of Solomon

- The Feminine Quest in Surfacing and Song of Solomon        Margaret Atwood in her novel Surfacing and Toni Morrison in her novel Song of Solomon require their heroines to pass through a stage of self-interpretation as a prerequisite for re-inventing the self.  This stage in the feminine journey manifests a critical act typically absent in the traditional male journey, and one that places Atwood and Morrison's heroines at odds with the patriarchal community.  If authors of feminine journeys meet the requirements set out by feminist critics like Dana Heller, then we must also provide a method for interpreting the texts that will be palatable for critics from the patriarchy.  Otherwise we pe...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: Life and Times of Margaret Atwood

- The Life and Times of Margaret Atwood Three Sources Cited Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. She lived in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for most of her childhood (her father was a forest entomologist), and that is where she gained her love for books and reading - probably from boredom. She also took up writing during this time, at the age of six (Margaret Atwood). Sshe came to want ot be a writer her senior year in high school when she says, "all of a sudden a big thumb came out of the sky and touched my head and a poem was formed." Who would have thought that the young girl who lived in the woods would grow to become a prominent female writer and po...   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Troubles of Being a Woman

- 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....   [tags: women, society, Margaret Atwood, fertility, role]

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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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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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Rereading Atwood's Surfacing

- Rereading Atwood's Surfacing The class touched on a multitude of different subjects during the class time for the second discussion of the novel, Surfacing. These discussions were much deeper than the previous one, asking questions on motivation and symbolism rather than plot and language. Two of the most popular subjects were characterization and the validity of the narrator and the information she gives the reader. Other topics were discussed including religion, the bird motif that has appeared throughout our readings this semester, and the narrator's artistic frustration among many others....   [tags: Atwood Surfacing Essays]

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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

- 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

- 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

- ... 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

- 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

- ... 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

- “[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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Fall of Man Depicted in Atwood's Backdrop Addresses Cowboy

- Fall of Man Depicted in Atwood's Backdrop Addresses Cowboy The sexual politics of the man-woman relationship, or more specifically the sexual exploitation of women by men, is a clear concern in Margaret Atwood's "Backdrop Addresses Cowboy." Although the oppressor-as-male theme is by no means an original source of poetic inspiration, Atwood's distinction is that she views the destructive man-woman relationship as a metaphor for, symptom and symbol of, bigger things. From the vantage-point of feminine consciousness, Margaret Atwood empahsizes the "backdrop" as being not only the woman, but also the land and the spiritual life of the universe; the "cowboy" is both a man bent on persona...   [tags: Backdrop Addresses Cowboy Essays]

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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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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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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

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

- The Manipulative Sirens and Their Victims in Margaret Atwood's Siren Song In Homer's Odyssey, the Sirens are mythical creatures whose enchanting voices lure sailors to their deaths. These women have fascinated people ever since Homer sung the lines of his epic, inspiring artists of many genres from oil paintings to films. In her poem "Siren Song," Margaret Atwood re-envisions the Sirens to draw a comparison between the myths and modern life. Atwood portrays men as victims of "Sirens" (women) by making her readers the victims....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Siren Song Essays]

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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

- 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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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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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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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 : A Lyrical

- Margaret Atwood: A Lyrical Libber Margaret Atwood is considered to be one of the greatest living writers to hail from Canada. While she is a critically acclaimed novelist, Atwood is also celebrated for her influential and empowering poetry and can also be regarded as the Canadian literary poster child for feminist-themed writing. Feminist literature, Atwood’s included, gears towards characterising and constituting equality between men and women. A number of Atwood’s poems encompass similar motifs that link together her feminist expressions....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Female, Man]

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Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

- Set in the Victorian era where women remained at the bottom of the social and economic ladder, Alias Grace's female characters emerged out of the stereotypes of its time. Not only were they unique and extremely dynamic but Margaret Atwood's characters stood for more than just the unconventional women of such a society. They were strong and able women who overcome the traumas in their lives. They chose not to be labelled by impressions of the ideal women rather they made their own mark in society....   [tags: victorian era]

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Isolation Of The Flood By Margaret Atwood

- Isolation in the Year of the Flood With today’s novels, authors tend to include characters that readers can easily relate to in different situations. In the Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood incorporates isolation in her writing to help the reader acknowledge and empathize with her characters by using different types of isolation. An examination of the novel reveals that characters experience physical isolation, mental isolation and emotional isolation. Characters experiencing isolation can really give a chance for the reader to connect with them and makes reading a more pleasurable experience....   [tags: Emotion, The Reader]

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The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood

- In Margaret Atwoods ‘The Handmaids Tale’, we hear of one women’s posting ‘Offred’ in the Republic of Gilead. A society based around Biblical philosophies as a way to validate inhumane state practises. In a society of declining birth rates, fertile women are chosen to become Handmaids, walking incubators, whose role in life is to reproduce for barren wives of commanders. Older women, gay men, and barren Handmaids are sent to the colonies to clean toxic waste. Fear is power. Fear is ever-present in Gilead; it is implemented through violence and force....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Summary]

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The 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Throughout history women have achieved more political and human rights. In many societies around the world today women are discriminated against and are not equal to mean. Feminism is not a concept that is often present in dysfunctional societies. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, a group of fertile women, known as handmaids, are assigned to a married couple and told that they must produce a child. The article titled “The feminist cupcake sale that led to death and rape threats” written by Madeline Price, depicts the events that took place at a university in Australia....   [tags: Gender, Feminism, The Handmaid's Tale, Gender role]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Imagine growing up in a society where all women are useful for is to reproduce. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an excellent novel of what could potentially be the fate of the future one day. The main character, Offred, moves into a new home where she is there to perform “rituals” with the Commander, head of the house, so she can hopefully reproduce herself. Basically, she is a sex slave and birthing a healthy child is all she is wanted for. Also if she does have a child then she will be treated better, so it can be stressful for these women....   [tags: Women, Gender Roles, Reproduction]

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Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake

- The Ending of the Human Race Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake is considered to be a world time dystopian masterpiece. Atwood presents an apocalyptic atmosphere through the novel’s antagonist, Crake, and protagonist, Jimmy/Snowman. She does this when Crake uses his scientific knowledge and wickedness to eliminate and recreate an entirely new society. “Future-Technology was envisioned as a way to easing the burden of life, and it was accepted that slavery would remain a tacit part of human existence until there would be some effective replacement for it, for until the shuttle would weave and the plectrum touch the lyre without a hand to guide them (bk.1, pt.4), there would be a need for...   [tags: novel, literary analysis]

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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood’s novel, Alias Grace, nominated for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, depicts a young 16 year old girl who is found guilty of murdering her employer and his lover in conspiracy with James McDerrmott. James McDermott is put to death by hanging, but Grace is brought to prison because she is of the “weaker sex.” This is a reflection of the construction of femininity and masculinity of the mid and late nineteenth century. A social issue of the Victorian age was women being treated as subordinate to men....   [tags: victorian era, subordinate women]

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Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood’s “Happy Endings” is an Author’s telling of societal beliefs that encompass the stereotypical gender roles and the pursuit of love in the middle class with dreams of romance and marriage. Atwood writes about the predictable ways in which many life stories are concluded for the middle class; talking about the typical everyday existence of the average, ordinary person and how they live their lives. Atwood provides the framework for several possibilities regarding her characters’ lives and how each character eventually completes their life with their respective “happy ending”....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”-Alice Walker. What this quote really means is that people are hopeless and they don’t realize on what they could do. They only focus on what’s going to happen next and about their safety, but they don’t notice that they are giving up their power to the government, leaving them powerless. Margaret Atwood examines power and peoples attempts to control each other. People in Gilead are viewed based on their social classes....   [tags: gilead, dystopian society, power]

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The Blind Assassin By Margaret Atwood

- ... After his brothers die at war, Norval loses an eye, begins having extramarital affairs with the army nurses, begins to drink, and becomes an atheist. As readers, we begin to condemn the decisions he is making at war because we know that his loving wife is back home attending to the factory and the home meanwhile he is cheating on her and wasting his life away. Despite his terrible decisions, we cannot bring ourselves to call him a villain because we somehow understand why he is doing these things....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Novel, Iris Associates]

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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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Ryan White and Margaret Atwood

- Ryan Wayne White was born on December 6, 1971 in Kokomo, Indiana. At three days old, he was diagnosed with Hemophilia A, a life-threatening blood disorder. To treat this disorder, he received blood transfusions of Factor VIII weekly. In 1984, during a procedure to remove a portion of his left lung due to pneumonia, White was diagnosed with AIDS. From that point on, his life became a battle in all aspects—for his health, for his education, for his friends. Although White passed away in 1990, he is remembered as a fighter and a poster-child for AIDS education....   [tags: Literature, Abortion]

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Biography of Margaret Atwood

- There are many female writers, some known better than other. Female writes most of the time focused their stories in experiences or personal point of view on what is going on around them. Other women write fiction of unusual worlds and character that people can relate to with the struggle or experiences. Margaret Atwood the “Canadian nationalist poetess is a prominebt figure concerned with the need for a new language to explore relations between subjects and society“ (Omid, Pyeaam 1). Atwood wrote her first novel called, “The Edible Woman”; this first novel categorized her as feminist, based on the main character of a strong woman....   [tags: Female Writer, Stories, Feminist, Author]

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