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Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid's Tale

- Utopias and Dystopias Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood These two novels are dystopian tales about the possible future for the human race. Both have people totally controlled by the society in which they live. Nineteen Eighty-Four was written in 1948 when the two world wars were still fresh in everybody's minds, also people were well aware of totalitarian states due to publicity about places under dictatorship rule such as Nazi Germany. The Handmaid's Tale was written in 1987 and features a dystopia in which women have had all of their rights removed....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Handmaids Tale

- The Handmaids Tale In Margaret Atwoods novel, "The Handmaids Tale", the birth rate in the United States had dropped so low that extremists decided to take matters into their own hands by killing off the government, taking over themselves, and reducing the womens role in society to that of a silent birthing machine. One handmaid describes what happened and how it came about as she, too, is forced to comply with the new order. Before the new order, known as the Sons of Jacob, took over, women had a lot to be afraid of....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Comparing Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Michael Radford's Film, 1984

- Margaret Atwood’s depiction of the future in The Handmaid's Tale is extremely bleak and forlorn; this oppressive atmosphere has been created by the development of an independent nation - Gilead - inside the U.S, which is governed by a totalitarian fundamentalist Christian sect. This dystopian text is the brainchild of a series of experimental social ideas which have given birth to a science-fiction novel, which satirises mainly the folly of human characteristics rather than the misuse of technology....   [tags: Compare/Contrast, Film Analysis, Movies]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The role of a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead is ultimately to breed, and nothing more. Cooped up in a nondescript room with nothing but her own thoughts and painful memories for company, the narrator, Offred, shows many signs of retreating further and further into her own world, and becoming slowly more unstable throughout the course of the novel as her terrible new life continues. The most common and by far the most disturbing example of this is the use of imagery and symbolism in the book....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Disintegration of Civiliation in Henry IV Part 2, The Handmaid's Tale and The Waste Land

- The role of power is central to both 'The Handmaid's Tale' and Henry IV Part 2, the protagonist in each text have contrasting views, in the former Offred craves any power she is able to find whereas the latter sees Hal shirking his responsibilities. Atwood suggests throughout 'The Handmaid's Tale' that people would willingly tolerate subjugation as long as they feel they have some power, Offred recollects that her mother once told her it is "truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations." For Offred this compensation manifests in the form of Nick, despite her situation she becomes complacent, although this life bears great restrictions compared to befor...   [tags: responsibility, role model, compensation]

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Two Different Prospects for the Future: Ray Bradbury's and Margaret Atwood

- ... Mildred and her other friends chastise Montag for doing such a thing. Montag's boss and wife have both scorned him for taking an interest in literature, as they both believe in this society where superficiality and complacency reign. As he begins to express dissent, he is made into an outcast and forced to retreat from his society; a similar fate to his curious acquaintance Clarisse McClellan who, because of her inquisitive and “queer” nature, was being monitored by authorities (Bradbury 57)....   [tags: Fahrenheit 451 and The Handmaid's Tale]

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The Dystopian Society Depicted in Brave New World, V for Vendetta, and Handmaid's Tale

- It is commonplace for individuals to envision a perfect world; a utopian reality in which the world is a paradise, with equality, happiness and ideal perfection. Unfortunately, we live in a dystopian society and our world today is far from perfection. John Savage, from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, V, from V for Vendetta by James McTeigue and Offred, from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Attwood, are all characters in a dystopian society. A dystopia is the vision of a society in which conditions of life are miserable and are characterized by oppression, corruption of government, and abridgement of human rights....   [tags: Literary Comparison, Dysfunctional Society]

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Relationship Between Men and Women: Jane Eyre and The Handmaid's Tale

- Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre entails a social criticism of the oppressive social ideas and practices of nineteenth-century Victorian society. The presentation of male and female relationships emphases men’s domination and perceived superiority over women. Jane Eyre is a reflection of Brontë’s own observation on gender roles of the Victorian era, from the vantage point of her position as governess much like Jane’s. Margaret Atwood’s novel was written during a period of conservative revival in the West partly fueled by a strong, well-organized movement of religious conservatives who criticized ‘the excesses of the sexual revolution.’ Where Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a clear depiction of the subjug...   [tags: relationship, women, gender]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Offred&#8217;s Lost of Identity The main character of this book is Offred, one of the faceless many of the new Republic of Gilead. Each day she is removed farther and farther from her true self, to a complete no one. Expected to feel nothing, think nothing, and want nothing, she is used only as an instrument to bear children. Throughout the book, the narrator often speaks with a numbed tone despite all the horrifying ordeals she has seen and experienced. Although her offhand comment to herself are presented in a slight bitter and humorous manner, she must learn to hide this from others in order to survive....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Handmaid´s Tale: A Community Made of Classes

- In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the community of Gilead is separated according to classes rather than people being their own individuals. They oppress differences by “censoring the threatening force of creative self-expression” and defining them into groups (Staels 459). People are forced to give up unique qualities and live a life of monotony. They are told that “memories of the past, together with personal desires, are supposed to fade away” and be forgotten (Staels 458). The community of Gilead is sectioned into classes that are visible through the women....   [tags: oppression, differences, Margaret Atwood]

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Dystopia Society in the Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... Another similarity between Atwood’s novel and our society today is the repressive rules for the women. In Pakistan women have little to no rights. The policies that the Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale is similar to the rules Pakistan have for their women. In the Gilead society the handmaids have to cover up their bodies, wear long dresses, and cover their faces with vial’s and wings. These rules for the women are the same if not similar in Afghanistan, India, and some south Asian countries. In Pakistan women can be raped and if no evidence is found to prove it was rape the men could get away with it and the women could be charged with pre-marital sex and sentence to prison....   [tags: rights, religious, politics]

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Fertility and Motherhood in The Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood sheds light on two concepts that are intertwined; fertility and motherhood. Nevertheless in Gilead these notions are often viewed as separate. The Republic State of Gilead views women as child-bearers and nothing more. In Gilead, these women are known as handmaids, who’s function in society is to produce children for barren females of a high status. Gilead also prohibits the handmaids from being mothers to their previously born children, meaning before Gilead was created, for instance, Offred, who is separated from her daughter....   [tags: Society, Childbearing]

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Commentary on Margaret Atwood´s A Handmaid´s Tale

- The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. In this book, Atwood shows that no one is a beneficiary in a totalitarian, patriarchal society like Gilead Republic by revealing the oppression facing by different characters in the story. Even though this book does not have a sophisticated setup for background, Atwood still successfully ties the story to the real world that we live in and leads us to think about the question she asks in the book. Since this book causes people’s profound rethinking of the problems that we are facing now (e.g., infertility, low birth rate, public good vs....   [tags: Dystopia, Patriarchal, Childbearing]

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The Function of Families

- Dystopic novels are well known to be eye opening for the readers. Especially in the fact that many dystopic novels are chilling because they have many parallels to modern societies. Family ties are considered the most important relationships in modern society. In both Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and in Orwell’s 1984 there are shown to be destruction of basic human values. One of the main values being obliterated in both novels is the function of family units. The idea that family trumps all other issues is an ideal held very common in many modern and past societies....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, 1984]

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A Tale of Oppression and Reaction: Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... As a rare and coveted fertile woman, Offred is forced to become a Handmaid and be passed from Commander to Commander. Each handmaid is renamed “Of,” signifying ownership, followed by the name of her commander, rebranding her as property. Renaming handmaids takes away their individuality and erases their former life, reinventing them as new people with a refocused purpose. It likewise makes her dispensable because a new handmaid can easily replace her and adopt the name Offred. She is obligated to partake in the “Ceremony” each month during which the Commander reads a bible verse before having sex with her as his wife encircles them....   [tags: government, women, equality]

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The Characters of Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar

- Women in The Handmaid's Tale and The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath's renowned autobiographical legend "The Bell Jar" and Margaret Atwood's fictional masterpiece "The handmaid's tale" are the two emotional feminist stories, which basically involve the women's struggle. Narrated with a touching tone and filled with an intense feminist voice, both novels explore the conflict of their respective protagonists in a male dominated society. In spite of several extraordinary similarities in terms of influential characterization and emotive themes, both novels are diverse as far as their respective style, structure and setting is concerned....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Feminist Ideas in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Feminist Ideas in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale For this essay, we focused strictly on critics' reactions to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. For the most part, we found two separate opinions about The Handmaid's Tale, concerning feminism. One opinion is that it is a feminist novel, and the opposing opinion that it is not. Feminism: A doctrine advocating social, political, and economic rights for women equal to those of men as recorded in Webster's Dictionary. This topic is prevalent in the novel The Handmaid's Tale....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Dystopia's in the Opening Passages of "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale"

- Both worlds of The Handmaid's Tale and 1984 are governed by a party or group which strictly monitor most aspects of the lives of its civilians. This imposing form of government is generally described as totalitarian and is heavily present throughout both novels. The "Dystopian" genre is named so due to its opposition to the rather more common idea of "utopia", a world of impracticable perfection in which a common goal of peace is pivotal. The novels fall under this category of Dystopia and, from the very beginning of 1984 and from the opening chapters of The Handmaid's Tale this is instantly evident....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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A Society's Self Destruction in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- A Society's Self Destruction in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Many fictitious novels written today mirror real life; this tactic can provide readers with a sense of formality. Yet in some cases, fictitious novels provide readers with the shocking realization of a society's self destruction. I believe The Handmaid's Tale, written by Margaret Atwood, falls in the second category. Issues raised in this novel such as manipulation, public punishment, ignorance, and pollution are problems we face in the world today....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing the Rights of the Individual in Handmaid's Tale and Invisible Man

- Rights of the Individual in Handmaid's Tale and Invisible Man   The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, are two novels which use an essentially "invisible" central character to comment on the manipulative power society holds over people, destroying the individual. Offred, the protagonist of The Handmaid's Tale, and the narrator of Invisible Man are both invisible as individuals and are manipulated by society to become a dehumanized natural resource. The authors of these two works use the protagonist to criticize society's use of certain groups of people only as resources to reach a goal, ignoring the individuality of these people....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Brave New World and Handmaid's Tale

- Comparison and Contrast between Brave New World and Handmaid's Tale The government in Huxley's Brave New World and Atwood's Handmaid's Tale, both use different methods of obtaining control over individuals, but are both similar in the fact that humans are looked at as instruments. Human's bodies, in both novels, are looked at as objects and not directly as living things with feelings. In both societies the individuals have very little and are controlled strictly by the government....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Presentation of the Commander in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Presentation of the Commander in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The commander can be seen as a man torn between two worlds, he was one of the founders of Gilead yet still enjoys and yearns for the pleasures of the old society he managed to break. It can be seen as ' he has made his bed and now he must sleep in it'. The commander is cool and collected on the surface but underneath he is bitter and corrupted for the world he has managed to create. I believe the commander secretly longs for the world to be as it once was and this is why he savours his time with Offred because she may remind him of life before Gilead; it is also ironic how both these char...   [tags: Papers]

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The Importance and Presentation of Moira in A Handmaid's Tale

- Moira is presented through Offred as the novel is written in first person narrative. The readers get a very biased view of Moira because we only got Offreds view of Moira. This is important because this makes offred "feel safer knowing that Moira is here." When offred is in the Jezebels she spots Moira who had escaped. "I'm willing so hard, she must look at me...before she disappears." Moira was Offreds only friend. Although Moira is presented in her own voice as she is describing how she escaped....   [tags: American Literature]

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Abuse of Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale

- Abuse of Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale Gilead is a society where religion is used to control people. Atwood has included many Biblical references and religious suggestions throughout ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ to demonstrate this. The name ‘Gilead’ is a place in the Old Testament which is named after a mountainous region East of Jordan which means ‘heap of stones’. This links in with patriarch Jacob and the prophet Jeremiah. It was a frontier land and a place where a country was at war so protected its boarders....   [tags: Papers]

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The Handmaid’s Tale : A Product Of Debates

- The Handmaid’s Tale : A Product Of Debates Often times a reader finds that a character in a novel resembles the author’s friend or a distant relative. There is almost always some connection to the author, his surroundings, or events in his life. The Handmaid’s Tale reflects the life of Margaret Atwood on a much stronger level. It is a product of debates within the feminist movement of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Atwood has been much a part of that movement. The defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment, the rise of the religious right, the election of Ronald Regan and many other historical events led writers like Atwood to fear the antifeminist movements....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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The Handmaid’s Tale and Margaret Atwood’s Novels about Women Discrimination

- The legislation passed by the United Nations in 1979, aimed at paving a safe, new life for women around the world. Unfortunately, the laws requiring the removal of all restrictions formed off the basis of a human being’s sex were not replaced with equality between men and women. Women did not see the economic, social, and cultural freedoms they desired. In situations where women do not get the freedoms that men do, misogyny exist. Misogyny, the hatred and violence against women, is a concept that seems only able to exist in fiction, yet women everywhere know that misogyny is very real....   [tags: misogyny, women discrimination, poverty]

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The Threat of Physical, Emotional, and Mental Abuse if you Disagree: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale there is a threat of physical, emotional, and mental abuse if you disagree with the established group or party. The Handmaid’s Tale is a book about a “woman victimized by a totalitarian system that attempts to control her thoughts and deny her humanity” (Thomas 90). In The Handmaid’s Tale there are differences between all the women. There are the wives, who are married to the commanders. The commanders are in charge of all the other women. There are the econowives, which are the wives of the low-ranking officials....   [tags: Econowives, Manmade System]

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The Soviet Government, Gilead of The Handmaid’s Tale and Oceania of 1984

- Though the rewards are pleasing to the ear, the path to obtaining the benefits of communism is a violent one. This strict governing idea was derived from Communist Manifesto, a book written by two German economists, Karl Marx and Fredrich Engels, who declare that many problems in society are caused by the unequal distribution of wealth. These two believe that “Communism deprives no man of the ability to appropriate the fruits of his labour. The only thing it deprives him of is the ability to enslave others by means of such appropriations.” To achieve the goal of happiness and prosperity for all, the lines that distinguish the differences between the rich and poor must be erased....   [tags: Communism Essays]

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Journal Topics for Erica Joan Dymond´s The Handmaid’s Tale

- Journal 1, Option 1 Erica Joan Dymond, author of “Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale” (2003), asserts that the theme of the oyster/pearl relationship is the most prevalent them in the book and leads the plot. Dymond uses a plethora of concrete details and quotes from the text, using them to analyze the meaning of this oyster/pearl theme and relationship. Erica Dymond’s purpose is to explicate the prevalence and significance of this theme in the novel in order to show its importance to readers of the book who may have overlooked this crucial aspect....   [tags: Submissive, Symbolism]

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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwells and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... Winston heard a succession of shrill cries, which appeared to be occurring in the air above his head. But he fought furiously against the panic…There was a violent convulsion of nausea inside him, and he almost lost consciousness. Everything had gone black. For an instant he was insane, a screaming animal. “ (216) This excerpt, while it may seem ordinary in form, makes the reader experience the torture alongside Winston. Through his pain and fear, the reader can fully understand the sheer power of the Party and the lengths they would take to control an individuals mind....   [tags: dystopian societies, poverty]

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Comparing The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Anthem by Ayn Rand

- Comparing The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Anthem by Ayn Rand The two novels, ‘The Handmaid's Tale’ and ‘Anthem‘, are both haunting, first person tales of personal hardship in a closed and controlled society. In this essay I will point out many important similarities and differences between the two books, mainly the setting and the similarities between the two societies in which the stories take place, as well as more important differences between the main characters....   [tags: Papers]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. While there are many differences between the societies portrayed in dystopic literature, they still have the common bond of lacking the fundamental freedoms required for a properly operated society to exist. This cannot be truer for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. These novels prove that the individual's freedom are sacrificed in dystopic societies when the government controls the knowledge, individuality and relationships of each person in order for there to be stability in the society....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing the Escape Theme in Raise the Red Lantern, Handmaid's Tale, and Doll's House

- Raise the Red Lantern, The Handmaid's Tale, A Doll's House: Freedom Through Escape Women have suffered as the result of harassment and discrimination for centuries. Today, women are able to directly confront their persecutors through the news media as well as the legal system. Three important literary works illustrate that it has not always been possible for women to strike back. In Raise the Red Lantern, The Handmaid's Tale, and A Doll's House, the main female characters find ways to escape their situations rather than directly confronting the problem....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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What Analysis of the Female Role Does Atwood Offer in "The Handmaid's Tale?"

- The Handmaid's Tale is set in the early twentieth century in the futuristic Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States of America. The Republic has been founded by a Christian response to declining birthrates. The government rules using biblical teachings that have been distorted to justify the inhumane practices. In Gilead, women are categorized by their age, marital status and fertility. Men are categorised by their age. Women all have separate roles in society, and although these roles are different, they all share the same theme: Every woman is confined to the home and has a domestic duty....   [tags: American Literature]

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Identity In The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

- Identity In The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 'The Remains of The Day' and 'The Handmaid's Tale' are two novels from opposing ends of the fictional literature spectrum. On one side we have "THT" a novel set within a dystopian future using relationships between characters to emphasise the strictness of the regime currently being operated in Gilead most fitting would the relationship between The Commander and Offred....   [tags: Papers]

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Analyse and Compare the Significance and Effectiveness of the Ways the Author of the Novels Choose to Open and End their Narratives

- ... However, Pieixoto’s jokes in regards to handmaids, vulgarly poking fun about the puns in title ‘tail’ and also ‘bone […] of contention […] in Gileadean society’ , imply that old sexist attitudes are still prevalent . These vulgar remarks are accompanied by "laughter" and "applause", with not a single voice raised in objection. The critic Jamie Dopp points out that nobody, not even the female academics, demonstrably protest or speak up to counter Pieixoto's tasteless comments . In this context, Pieixoto’s name is significant: Atwood utilised the name from a Brazilian novel where the character keeps being reincarnated in the same form, century after century....   [tags: Never Let Me Go, The Handmaid's Tale]

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Women: The Expendable Commodity of Gilead

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale deals with how women are forced to accept roles based on extreme biblical laws distorted by a male dominated society; yet, there are women who willing participate in the reinforcement of these sexist and misogynistic values that subdue women. Gilead's government controls and shapes women's identities through oppression, however, indoctrinates women into believing that the roles stripping them of their independence are designed to protect and support them in fulfilling their biological purpose; fear of the Colonies and the Salvaging has intimidated women into becoming passive in order to survive, and forces them to report anyone failing to comply to t...   [tags: women's roles, handmaid's tale, margaret atwood]

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The Handmaid’s Tale Freedom To and Freedom From

- The Handmaid’s Tale Freedom To and Freedom From In “the time before”, Gilead had become a place where “women were not protected”. Gilead was very unsafe and percussions had to be taken. For example women were told not to open their door to a stranger even if they said it was the police (ID’s had to be slid underneath the door), they were told not to stop and help a motorist ‘pretending’ to be in trouble and not to “go into a laundromat at night, alone.” This shows that the society of Gilead as a whole had become very cautious....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Handmaid's Tale: Offred Chapters 1 to 4

- The story starts with a woman reflecting on her past (Offred), she has been living in an army-based camp with other girls. She starts with describing the history of the room where she is now based, talking (in detail) about old surroundings which have now gone to pass. She describes the changing of room quite distinctively; a quote to support this could be `old sex in the room and loneliness, and expectation, of something without a shape or name.' This suggests that any cheerful moment in this room has been a really long time ago, or that's what it seems....   [tags: World Literature]

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Class Discrimination in Gilead

- Marxist Literary Theory Question #1: Does the work reinforce capitalist, imperialist, or other classist values. Thesis: In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood characterizes Handmaids, as women with expectations to obey the society’s hierarchy, as reproducers, symbolizing how inferior the Handmaid class is to others within Gilead; the class marginalization of Handmaids reveals the use of hierarchical control exerted to eliminate societal flaws among citizens. Cora’s unpleasant reaction towards Offred, when she arrives at their home, represents how other classes automatically feel superior over Handmaids....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, hierarchy, Atwood]

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Offred's Struggle to Maintain Control Over Her Own Life in The Handmaid's Tale

- How Effectively Does Atwood Present Offred's Struggle to Establish/Maintain Control Over Her Own Life/Identity The Handmaids Tale is a woman's autobiographical narrative that challenges the absolute authority of Gilead, highlighting the significance of story telling as an act of resistance against oppression, thereby making a particular kind of individual political statement. Such as when Offred steals the butter from the dinner table to use as hand and face cream. " There's a pat of butter on the side of the plate....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Quintessence of Humanity in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

- The Quintessence of Humanity Often in life, people take their freedoms, a gift that allows them to express their individuality, for granted. However, in the dystopian societies of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, people are reminded of just how easily their freedoms and humanity can be stripped away. Attwood and Ishiguro urge people to never lose sight of the core values that define who they are. The compelling novels chronicle the life journey of two protagonists as they fight to define their own existence and worth in life....   [tags: freedom, existentialism, individualism]

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Differences and Similarities Between Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The purpose of this essay is to analyse and compare the narrative situations proposed by Franz Stanzel in the dystopian novels Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. For this aim, I am going to focus on the aspects focalization (reflection), relationship reader-narrator, narrative distance, knowledge, and reliability and demonstrate that they affect the interpretation of the novel by readers in a significant way. In the end, I will draw conclusions on how these techniques serve to alienate the narratives from their science fiction setting to set even more disconcerting issues about human’s existence....   [tags: narrative situations, science-fiction, characters]

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Survival through Escape

- “The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency […] to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land” (Naylor). When the difficulties of life are unbearable, people often escape through various forms, such as an imaginary world where such problems do not exist. This is a form of escape and a way of ensuring that the difficulties at hand do not overpower their lives. This idea is explored through various characters in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The district in which these characters are imprisoned, Gilead, is controlled by a radical Puritan government....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Comparing Dystopian Dream of Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale and GATTACA

- The Dystopian Dream of Brave New World, The Handmaid’s Tale and GATTACA   In Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill writes that “it is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied.” By this he meant there are qualitative degrees of satisfaction and if to be satisfied we’re lowered in status to that of a pig, it’s better for us to be dissatisfied humans. The film GATTACA and the books Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale create fictional places where the needs and desires of humans are met, but not as well as they should be and not without a price....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Laurence's The Fire-Dwellers

- Loss of Identity in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Margaret Laurence's The Fire-Dwellers The protagonists in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Margaret Laurence’s The Fire-Dwellers are very different in character.  However, both of these women lose their identity due to an outside influence.  In each of the books, we see the nature of the lost identity, the circumstances which led to this lost identity, and the consequences which occurred as a result of this lost identity.              In The Handmaid’s Tale our main character, Offred, has her whole world stolen away by the government of Gilead.  This new society is sexually repressed and is founded by rel...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Representation of Different Social and Cultural Forces in The Handmaid's Tale by Atweeon and Hard Times by Dickens

- Representation of Different Social and Cultural Forces in The Handmaid's Tale by Atweeon and Hard Times by Dickens “Masses of labourers, organised like soldiers, are daily and hourly enslaved by the machine, by the over-looker and above all by the individual bourgeois manufacturer himself”, Karl Marx in his Manifesto of the Communist Party 1848 here highlights the state portrayed through Charles Dickens’s ‘Hard Times’. Margaret Atwood highlights the similarity with her book saying “it is a study of power, and how it operated and how it deforms or shapes the people who are living within that kind of regime”....   [tags: Papers]

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The Oppression of Individual Differences

- In a world full of structure, the slightest wrong move could very well be one’s last. The opportunities are endless, but the risks are dangerously high. Kathleen Cameron stated, “Imagine a society where women are tortured and killed for disobeying this law- a society where religious beliefs, the political structure, and female sexual identity are so intertwined as to justify and require the control of women’s freedom, the sexual victimization of women, and the torture and murder of women who do not comply” (298)....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, Margret Atwood, society]

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How does Atwood’s way of structuring the Handmaid’s tale affect your interpretation of the novel?

- Atwood’s way of structuring the novel changes the readers’ interpretation throughout the whole novel. She does this by using symbolic references, e.g. the language she uses in the novel express what the characters represent and what they feel. The Handmaid’s wear Red; this colour signifies fertility, which in this case is the blood of the menstrual cycle, which shows that they have the ability to carry children. Red can also express sexual appeal and that is partly why the Handmaid’s are there. Despite all that, red can also be associated with sexual sin, which is called ‘Adultery’, this is what they are doing....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Cameron’s The Terminator and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale as Responses to Neo-conservatism

- From abortion to pornography, the “war on drugs” to the end of the Cold War, the 1980s played host to considerable controversy; amidst such political uneasiness, then, it seems that Reagan Era rejuvenated middle-America’s latent conservatism. This return to the traditional Puritan values of the “nuclear family” also sponsored heightened State intervention and policing of the private sphere, thereby buttressing cultural myths of the dangerous, unknown “Other”. As such a fear of the Other was socially perpetuated, it seemed the responsibility of liberal-minded skeptics to note such propaganda as an alarming preparation for totalitarianism....   [tags: Movie Film Essays]

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The Handmaids Tale: Oppression of Women for Male Political Gain

- The Handmaids Tale is a poetic tale of a woman's survival as a Handmaid in the male dominated Republic of Gilead. Offred portrayed the struggle living as a Handmaid, essentially becoming a walking womb and a slave to mankind. Women throughout Gilead are oppressed because they are seen as "potentially threatening and subversive and therefore require strict control" (Callaway 48). The fear of women rebelling and taking control of society is stopped through acts such as the caste system, the ceremony and the creation of the Handmaids....   [tags: The Handmaids Tale Essays]

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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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Rebellion in The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Rebellion in The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood 'Rebel' is a term, which is highly weighed down with emotion. In society today we perceive a rebel to be a figure opposing a much stronger majority. We distinguish the rebel to be a character who fights for his/her own ideals. We see a person that will do anything almost being ruthless to destroy the boundaries set up against him/her by the stronger mass. We witness the rebel as an individual who deliberately defines a battlefield and two fighting fronts....   [tags: Rebel The Handmaids Tale Literature Essays]

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The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... The narrator Offred is a Handmaid and she explains how she feels “erased” and how she is powerless and becomes suicidal. During pre-Gilead, the rights of women were abolished, and given to the closest family male member. This is where Offred feels powerless because her husband Luke wanted to make love that night the law was passed for women, but she refused because she felt that Luke now had more power than her. She also felt as if she wasn’t independent anymore. At the Commanders house, Offred has a relationship with the Commander and decides to use his power for her own....   [tags: gilead, dystopian society, power]

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The Handmaids Tale - Feminist?

- Do you agree that although The Handmaid's Tale is written from a feminist point of view, the portraits given of men are surprisingly sympathetic while those of women are often critical. Yes, I agree with this statement. Although the theocratic totalitarian regime operating in Gilead was instigated and is controlled by men, the male protagonists in the novel are seen as caring and sympathetic. Although one or two women have become quite close through their ordeal, despite the fact they’ve had no other choice (“We’re used to each other”); the mass majority of women get on uneasily, due to the rituals and social hierarchies that have been prearranged by male rulers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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- The central social hierarchy within the novel is the gender hierarchy, placing men in a position of extreme power. This is evident in every aspect of the book, as the entire Gilead society is male dominated. The Commander is at the top of the hierarchy and is involved with designing and establishing the current society taking control of a nation of women, and exploiting their power by controlling what is taught, what they can teach themselves and the words that they can use. Soon all of the women will become brainwashed, simply because it is made nearly impossible to defy the rules The Eye is the next highest up and are used as spies to keep the society the way it is and make sure no one co...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Handmaids Tale

- Does the women of Gilead know that they are being controlled. Are the women of Gilead aware that they are being controlled by the society. In Margaret Atwood¡¯s The Handmaid¡¯s Tale, the theme of control is a very important factor of the book. In the story, at the Republic of Gilead, the women are being controlled by the society to do what the society wants them to do. The handmaids are brainwashed before they start working for the society. But since the brainwashing happens so naturally over a period of time, the handmaids don¡¯t fully realize that they have been brainwashed by the society to do what the society wants them to do....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Handmaids Tale

- The aim of the indoctrination centres is clearly shown by the quote: "Some women believed there would be no future, they thought the world would explode. That was the excuse they used, says Aunt Lydia. They said there was no sense in breeding. Aunt Lydia's nostrils narrow: such wickedness. They were lazy women, she says. They were sluts. . . . They made mistakes, says Aunt Lydia. We don't intend to repeat them. Her voice is pious, condescending, the voice of those whose duty it is to tell us unpleasant things for our own good....   [tags: Margaret Atwood]

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A Look into Gilead- Women

- If one were to scale in human nature, that determines the desired state of man and the role in which they play in society they could apply it to the lense of gender criticism. The left having the undesired state of man; a life full of sickness, poverty, dissatisfaction, disrespectfulness, and unhappiness. As for the right; a life containing health, wealth, satisfaction, respect, and happiness. Many different aspects go into such a scale like education, gender, and class. An author could use this scale in order to classify the roles of their characters in their novel....   [tags: The Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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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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Memories of Life Before Government Control: Orwell's 1984, Atwood's The Handmaids Tale, and Huxley's Brave New World

- Overbearing governments can change every aspect of society but people’s memories and their stories of the past cannot be completely altered to forget what life was like. Society uses these memoires to compare it to the new way of ruling which sometimes is less favorable to the individual. Governments try to change people’s opinions of reality which proves to be impossible. Within the novels, 1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley the Governments have taken society's freedom away and all that remains are the memories of what life was like before the changes; the main characters are constantly using the past as a way to survive through...   [tags: Literary Comparison, Term Paper]

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Handmaids Tale: Destruction of Family

- In society today families are falling apart and getting divorced. Not all families of course but the percent rate is higher year after year. Destroy means “to wreck; ruin” (Webster’s 169). This is what most people would say about their family if their parents were no longer together. In Gilead this is what all families are saying. The government has destroyed the families by taking away the women and giving them to other families like a piece of property. In Gilead most of the wives can no longer have children....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Book Review]

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The Importance of the Japanese Tourists in Chapter Five of The Handmaids Tale

- The Importance of the Japanese Tourists in Chapter Five of The Handmaids Tale The Japanese tourists presented in chapter five may only cover a page and a half in the novel, however, this passage should not be underestimated as the tourists importantly act as a subtle representation of everything that the Handmaids have been stripped of, most importantly their freedom. The way in which the author introduces the reader to the tourists is notably intriguing: 'A group of people is coming towards us....   [tags: Papers]

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Margaret Atwood use of Language and Narrative Technique in The Handmaids Tale

- From the outset of 'The Handmaids Tale' the reader is placed in an unknown world, where the rights and freedom of women have been taken away. We follow the narrative journey of a handmaid, named Offred. Throughout the first 15 Chapters we are provided with information, as narrated by Offred, with glimpses of her past life and her journey to the life she is now facing. These glimpses are not logical in their sequencing or chronological in the narration, therefore creating a feeling of disorientation among readers, a feeling matching that experienced by those living in this society....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tale of the Heike

- The Tale of the Heike is a collection of tales that depict the livelihood of warriors during the Heian and Kamakura period. These tales illustrate that warriors during this period spent their existence dedicated to their duty to the Buddhist Law and that the growing contention arose from each warrior’s devotion and loyalty to the Buddhist Law. The tales communicate that a warrior’s duty was to protect the Buddhist Law which in turn meant to protect the imperial authority. Written letters between the Onjōji to the Kōfukuji Temples avow that the “great virtue of the Buddhist Law is that it guards the imperial authority; the imperial authority endures because of the Buddhist Law.” Furthermore...   [tags: The Tale of the Heike]

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Handmaids Tale

- Many of the principles of Gilead are based on Old Testament beliefs. Discuss Atwoods use of biblical allusions and their political significance in the novel. ‘The Handmaids Tale’ is a book full of biblical allusions, before Atwood begins the text an epigraph gives us an extract from Genesis 30: 1-3 “And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Handmaids Tale

- Handmaids Tale In what ways can The Handmaid&rsquos Tale be considered a feminist novel. The Handmaid&rsquos Tale is narrated by an oppressed woman, so it is to be expected that feminism becomes a recurring theme. Women have no rights or money unless they have a valid marriage to a man. They are given few options&ndash if they are fertile they can become sex slaves&ndash&lsquo womb on legs&rsquo to Commanders or choose to go to the colonies. Infertile women or&lsquo unwomen&rsquo are seen as having no use so they automatically go to the colonies where they will die from disease or radiation....   [tags: essays papers]

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commentry on the handsmaid tale

- This novel is an account of the near future, a dystopia, wherepollution and radiation has rendered countless women sterile, and the birthrates of North America are dangerously declining. A puritan theocracy nowcontrols the former United States called the Republic of Gilead andHandmaids are recruited to repopulate the state. This novel containsAtwood's strong sense of social awareness, as seen in the use of satire tocomment on different social conditions in the novel. The Handmaid'sTale is a warning to young women of the 'post-feminist' 1980s and after,who began taking for granted the rights that had been secured for womenby the women before them....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Courtly Love in The Knight’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale

- “The noble knight slays the dragon and rescues the fair maiden…and they live happily ever after.” This seemingly cliché finale encompasses all the ideals of courtly love, which began in the Medieval Period and still exists today. While these ideals were prevalent in medieval society, they still existed with much controversy. Geoffrey Chaucer, a poet of the period, comments on courtly love in his work The Canterbury Tales. Through the use of satiric elements and skilled mockery, Chaucer creates a work that not only brought courtly love to the forefront of medieval society but also introduced feministic ideals to the medieval society....   [tags: The Knight’s Tale, Wife of Bath’s Tale]

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Voices in the Park

- Moebius’ definition of intangible and invisible includes the vast array of human emotion and experiences from love to death through to responsibility and truth beyond the individual. His ideas are corroborated by Bader’s comment that they are about sensations and emotions, which provoke a shift in the reader’s paradigms (Moebius, 2009). This essay will look at how Potter and Browne convey these ideas using Moebius’ codes and exploring the concept of relationships concluding with how Potter and Browne illustrate their views on childhood....   [tags: The Tale of Peter Rabbit]

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The Ideal Man and Woman in The Tale of Genji

- Similar to current male views of the perfect women, the ideals in the Heian period were various depending on the man. However, with that being said, there are still common features that each man’s “perfect woman” shares. In the tale of Genji, the author Murasaki Shikibu dedicates almost a whole chapter to a conversation between four men, including the famous Genji, about their ideal woman. Tō no Chūjō, a Guards Captain in the tale describes that even a seemingly perfect woman could be a disappointment....   [tags: The Tale of Genji Essays]

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A Tale of Chances and Connections

- In 1859, Charles Dickens wrote the timeless masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities. In this novel, Dickens draws people to his excellent novel with brilliant uses of irony he makes by using coincidences and connections between the characters whose lives are being thrown into turmoil during the dark and violent times of the French Revolution. Dickens reveals these links throughout the story, some the reader understands immediately, while others are slowly revealed as the reader becomes closer to the characters in the novel....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Masterpiece, Tale of Two Cities]

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The Summoner and His Tale in the Canerbur Tales by Goffergy Chaucer

- ... The Summoner was also a drunk who loved garlic, onions, and leeks (Chaucer). When children saw the Summoner they were generally afraid (Chaucer). Chaucer uses the physiognomy of the Summoner to show his true character. Chaucer constructs the Summoner's portrait so as to describe the Summoner's medical conditions (Braswell-Means). The Summoner is clearly unnaturally hot as both his description and his cures indicate; the combination of these two suggests that the Summoner is choleric or bad tempered (Braswell-Means)....   [tags: occupations, pilgtimages, character, tale]

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Analysis of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit

- The Tale of Peter Rabbit was a fictional story for children written by Beatrix Potter. The main character of the story was Peter Rabbit, who had three sisters by the names of Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail. The four bunnies lived with their mother, Mrs. Rabbit, underneath a huge tree in the woods. All the characters displayed the element of anthropomorphic because they are dressed in human clothing and display human characteristics such as walking straight up on their hind legs. The three sisters were wearing a pink to reddish cloak, Peter Rabbit a blue jacket with brown shoes, and the mother a blue chambermaid dress....   [tags: tale of peter rabbit]

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Charles Dickens’ Novel, A Tale of Two Cities

- The French Revolution mainly took place in the city of Paris during the late 1700’s. The Revolution did not only affect the people of France, but also the citizens of England as well. The French Revolution is known as one of the most brutal and inhumane periods of history. If one studied the beliefs and views of the people involved at the time, one would see a reoccurring theme of “ being recalled to life”. Born from the world of literature, Charles Dickens’ novel, A Tale of Two Cities takes a deeper look at the culture of the late 1700’s, in both England and France....   [tags: A Tale of Two Cities]

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Essay on Variety in The Merchant's Tale

- Use of Variety in The Merchant's Tale   The Merchant's Tale tells the story of an old man searching for a wife and finding one, who is ultimately unfaithful to him. Chaucer uses a variety of elements in the poem to show his knowledge of contemporary interests and his story telling capacity through another figure. Irony flows through the poem, laced with allusions to the Bible. Chaucer's use of his astronomical knowledge not only allows modern day scholars to date events, but also adds another dimension of interest for the contemporary audience and of course, the pilgrims....   [tags: The Merchant's Tale]

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Exploring Poe’s The Tell Tale Heart

- Edgar Allen Poe’s a genius of innovation. He uses the ideas that were common concerns of the time to revolve around in his short stories. Edgar Allen Poe grew up in a rough time with his parents died at a young age and was placed with a foster family in which he was treated without any respect. He took the ideas of mental illness to a sophisticated example in his short story, The Tell Tale Heart. The Tell Tale Heart is written in the gothic theme that helps set the surreal theme. Poe’s whole idea in the poem is to address the idea of mental illness....   [tags: The Tell Tale Heart Essays]

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Sydney Carton in Charles Dickens’ "A Tale of Two Cities"

- Sydney Carton is the most memorable character in Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, a story of redemption, resurrection, self-sacrifice change and love, all of these words have to do with the extreme transformation of. Sydney Carton had such great love for Lucie Mannette that evolves from a depressed loaner that can only attempt to substitute happiness with alcoholic indulgence to a loyal caring friend who makes the ultimate sacrifice for the ones he loves. In the beginning, Sydney Carton’s the character that everyone looks down upon....   [tags: Charles Dickens, Tale of Two Cities, ]

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Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities

- Orison Swett Marden, an author known for his works in philosophy once wrote, “You will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact”. Using these words, Marden summarizes what factors influence humans and shape how they turn out. A similar scenario appears in Charles Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities, where two characters are initially driven by their love for different people, but soon turn into complete opposites. Madame DeFarge, fueled by love, turns evil, while Sydney Carton, a lazy alcoholic, takes charge of his life after being motivated by love....   [tags: a tale of two cities, charles dickens]

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The Tale of Genji

- In the “The Broom Tree,” the main characters Genji, Tō no Chūjō and two acquaintances find themselves in a friendly debate regarding the various vices and virtue of women of the court. The story has only begun, but the narrator is already introducing the concept of an ideal woman and as the story progresses, an image of the ideal man emerges as well. The chapter opens with Genji and his friend in his room on a rainy day, and spotting some love letters lying around, Tō no Chūjō broaches the topic by declaring “I have finally realized how rarely you will find a flawless woman, one who is simply perfect” (20)....   [tags: The Tale of Genji]

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