Alias Grace Essays

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

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    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

  • Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

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    Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, and since then she has lived in various places such as Boston, London, France, Italy, Germany, and Alabama. She currently resides in Toronto. Atwood has written numerous poems, novels, short stories, children’s books, magazine articles, and works of nonfiction. She has also written three television scripts, and she has edited anthologies. Some of her well-known novels include The Handmaid’s Tale,

  • Grace Mark is Guilty in "Alias Grace"

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    Canada, the novel " Alias Grace" tells the story of a young Irish-born servant girl who plans to kill her employer and his mistress. It is a very horrifying tragedy. An analysis of Grace Mark's behavior reveals many things. Her actions in the novel show that she is guilty of the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. She plans with a man named James McDermott, hired help, to kill the love of her life and the mistress he is seeing. Alias Grace begins after a Grace has served eight years

  • Alias Grace: Innocent or Guilty?

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    Innocent or Guilty? Grace Marks, the main character in Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, is undoubtedly guilty. The evidence against her is way too much to consider innocence. Feeling sympathy towards Grace seems easy, especially since she tries to make it out to seem that she is the victim, but when looking at the facts only, it is obvious that the evidence all points against her. She has motives, Grace has left evidence, and her stories are not consistent with each other. The evidence, as well as

  • Overview: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

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    Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace is a work of historical fiction that has drawn upon several historical sources. As Atwood states these sources are often contradictory to each other and their creators have their own motives and biases in producing them. Atwood uses these contradictory versions of the same events very cleverly to underline the fact that the truth of Grace Marks’ guilt or innocence is no clearer now then it was at the time of her conviction. The novel also provides an interesting

  • Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

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    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

  • Case Study: The Mind of Alias Grace

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    In Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, Doctor Simon Jordan is a psychologist that is analyzing and talking to convict Grace Marks with the ultimate goal of unlocking the truth behind the murder case of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery. Parts of Grace’s memory are missing completely, and through constant discussions with Doctor Jordan about her dreams and memories from the past, Doctor Jordan is trying to find a way around the memory blocks while examining the validity of Grace’s claims and psychological

  • An Essay Concerning Alias Grace As A Major Piece Of Literature

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    The book Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is a beautifully articulated work of literature. The book presents a Victorian mode spiced up with spooky plot twists. Although the book presents a Victorian mode it is not entirely comprised of Romantic ideals. Atwood is a modern writer who was influenced by the major paradigms of both American and Canadian history. Since she was a child, she was fascinated by the true story of Grace Marks. Grace Marks was a teenage, Canadian domestic worker of the nineteenth

  • Comparing Characterization in Alias Grace, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Fools Crow

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    Characterization in Alias Grace, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Fools Crow Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood is a novel where the main character Grace is a sort of mystery character.   In the end she is at peace, but there are still many questions about her left unanswered.  Because Atwood's style of writing is informative, yet unclear at the same time, the audience is left to put the pieces of the puzzle that is Grace together themselves.   This leaves the reader guessing about her character

  • Alias Grace: Margaret Atwood's Work of Historical Fiction

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    In ‘Alias Grace’, one of her most satisfying novels till date, Canadian author Margaret Atwood takes us back into the mid-1800s in the life and mind of Grace Marks, who was notoriously convicted for the murder of her employer, Thomas Kinnear and his house-keeper Nancy Montgomery. Reading Susanna Moodie’s account of the story, Atwood became interested and dug deeper into the story only to find several discrepancies in Moodie’s version of the story. Hence, she started writing her own version of the

  • Grace Marks's 'Insanity In Alias Grace'

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    the story of Alias Grace, the plot is left up to the reader to interpret. Each character holds some sort of mystery, especially Grace Marks. She was convicted of a double-murder, and no one knew if she committed the crime, committed it out of insanity, or didn’t commit the crime at all. Grace Marks’s entire story revolves around her imminent insanity. The question of insanity and madness plays a vital role in the novel. If it weren’t for madness, there would be no story at all. Grace Marks is a likeable

  • Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

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    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

  • Grace Revealed In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace

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    to sacrifice anything for each other. In Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood, 16 years old Grace Marks, alongside James McDermott, is convicted for the murder of her employer Thomas Kinnear, and of his housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery and sentenced to death. Grace claims she has no memory of the night of the murder. In 1859, Dr.Jordan arrives at the Kingston Penitentiary to evaluate Grace and find out whether she is guilty or not. When Dr.Jordan finds out Grace suffers from multiple personality disorder

  • Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood

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    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

  • Unredeemed Captive, Alias Grace And The Chinatown Mystery

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    disprove a claim, and the narrator of a story dictates what story is told. An author, whether writing a piece of fact or fiction, gathers evidence; however, the interpretation of said evidence creates a framework for the story. Unredeemed Captive, Alias Grace, and The Chinatown Trunk Mystery exhibit this idea through their own interpretations of history. Sometimes, accepted accounts conflict with actual details. This does not diminish the need to analyze all interpretations of history and gain a broader

  • The Role Of Marriage In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace

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    Marriage Within "Alias Grace" and the 19th Century Within the nineteenth century, women lacked many rights; specifically, the rights that protect them as individuals and the rights that allowed them to live by their own means. Women were often identified as "second class citizens," as they were often viewed as inferior to men both physically and mentally. Evidently reflective of those views, the promise of marriage was used to manipulate women, marriage also took away the self sustenance of women

  • Alias Grace Literary Essay: The Consequence of Childhood

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    affected by the conditions of the child’s environment. Alias Grace, a novel by Margaret Atwood, contains many themes centered on the concept of childhood and the influence of a person’s past. The book features a famous convicted murderess, Grace Marks, and a doctor, Simon Jordan, who interviews her at the Kingston Penitentiary where she is held in order to find the truth behind her convicted crime. In the novel, the relationship between Grace and her family contributes the most to her character development

  • The Shortfalls Of Marriage In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace

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    means. Evidently, the promise of marriage was used to manipulate women, marriage also took away the self sustenance of women, and when separated from their husbands, women resorted to some form of prostitution to survive. Within Margaret Atwood 's "Alias Grace," the shortfalls of marriage faced by the fictional women accurately represent the actual social issues of Ontario during the 1800 's. Nancy Montgomery, a servant to Mr. Kinnear, has affairs with him in hopes of being married for economic gain

  • Buddhism and the Matrix

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    The One In the film The Matrix Keanu Reeves plays Thomas A. Anderson, who is a man living a double life. One part of his life consists of working for a highly respectable software company. The second part of his life he is a hacker under the alias "Neo." One day Neo is approached by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and is taught that everything he thought was real was actually The Matrix, a computer program developed by machines in order to use human beings as batteries. Morpheus has been searching

  • Prescience, Genetic Memory, and Personal Identity in Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy

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    as an individual.  He finds himself limited to certain actions because he knows the outcomes.  Once on top of the mountain, so to speak, he can no longer see where he stands.  In turn, Paul's son Leto II and daughter Ghanima, as well as his sister Alia, are also forced to deal with the issues of such knowledge in the entirely different light of "Abomination," a condition that befalls those whose inherited memories are unearthed before they are born.