Atwood Essays

  • Margaret Atwood

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    Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian novelist, poet, television script writer, environmental activist and always is refered to as a feminist. Atwood is a feminist who strongly believes in equality, creating primarily female protagonists. She realized that women could be intelligent by being around the female faculty members at Victoria Collge at University of Toronto. She also attended Radcliffe College and Harvard University. Atwood had enjoyed writing from a young age. When she was six Atwood had already

  • Margaret Atwood

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    The Canadian award-winning writer, Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Canada. Ottawa is the national capital of Canada and the fourth largest city. English and French are the two main languages spoken there. The weather there has a semi-continental climate with hot summers and cold winters like most places in Canada. Although it gets really humid in the winter which explains why its so hot. The saying you hear a lot there in the summer is, "It's not the heat, it's the

  • Work of Margaret Atwood

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    Many commend Margaret Atwood for her ability of depicting individual and worldly troubles of universal concern (Study Guide). Over thirty years, Atwood has written more than twenty volumes of verse, novels, and nonfiction. Although she is noted for all of these volumes, she is better known for her novels. In these work of fiction, themes such as feminism, mythology and power of language pervade. Margaret Atwood's immense talent for conveying the importance language through her characters can be seen

  • Surfacing by Margaret Atwood

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    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;

  • Biography of Margaret Atwood

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    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. In an interview with Emma Brockes, Atwood affirms, "First of all, what is feminism? Second, which branch of it

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    supposed to promote awareness of such an oppressive society to women, Atwood demonstrates a more accepting culture of Gilead by women with an overarching theme of complacency. Instead of arguing against such a society, Atwood further oppresses women

  • Holiday by Margaret Atwood

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    Holiday by Margaret Atwood 'Holiday' by Margaret Atwood has a simple and familiar subject but the real meaning behind the simple story is hard hitting and in many ways it is a warning. She talks of a holiday and story shows how she is at a barbeque with her family in the countryside. However she interweaves a bleak image of our future within this straightforward story. It starts of with Atwood describing her daughter eating sausages. She uses the words ''barbarism'' and creates an image

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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    Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel in which Atwood creates a world which seems absurd and near impossible. Women being kept in slavery only to create babies, cult like religious control over the population, and the deportation of an entire race, these things all seem like fiction. However Atwood's novel is closer to fact than fiction; all the events which take place in the story have a base in the real world as well as a historical precedent. Atwood establishes the world of Gilead on historical

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian, speculative fiction novel written by Margaret Atwood. The book, published in 1985, seemingly taking place around that time, is set in the Republic of Gilead. Gilead the former United States of America, but is now a totalitarian Christian dictatorship. The story is set in a time where birth rates have dropped substantially, and the government has taken away all of women's rights. Handmaids are fertile women who are forcefully recruited to procreate via sexual slavery:

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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    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

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

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    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

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood is a dystopian based novel about the Republic of Gilead, formally known as The United States (U.S). Gilead was formed by a military-style coup, in which this dictatorship managed to overthrow the U.S government and eradicate the U.S constitution. This new regime is a modern-day totalitarian dominated government and is run in favour of the Old Testament. This dictatorship quickly reorganised society to form new social classes and the Old Testament practices

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood. However, there is a concern that why The Handmaid’s Tale is important for the modern society and how the book is linked with the modern society. Actually, in the book The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood uses three symbols of location to connect Gilead with the real word, in order to point out and satirize some phenomenon in the modern society. Firstly, the whole story happens in Gilead which represents the United State. This book was

  • Margaret Atwood Research Paper

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    mold. Unlike many women of her time, author Margaret Atwood has been known to be politically-driven and shameless. Atwood has spent the overwhelming majority of her life invested in both poetry and prose alike. She has been reading since she was a small child, wrote for her high school newspaper, and has even received prestigious awards for her works. Inspired by family and years spent in various schools, renowned poet and novelist Margaret Atwood has created many works revolving around sexism and

  • Literary Works of Margaret Atwood

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    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. Atwood was born

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    Point Of View: Offered or by her real name, June, is a handmaid and the main character of the story. The author, Margaret Atwood, Chose to use the point of view of a hands maid to show how the Christian extremist has revoked many human rights. A quote that the character aunt Lydia said: “ for our purposes, your hands and feet are not essential.” The extremist say this because to them the handmaids are not people, they’re only purpose is for reproduction. Therefore the extremist take eyes and limb

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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    In The Handmaid’s Tale, much use is made of imagery; to enable the reader to create a more detailed mental picture of the novel’s action and also to intensify the emotive language used. In particular, Atwood uses many images involving flowers and plants. The main symbolic image that the flowers provide is that of life; in the first chapter of the novel Offred says “…flowers: these are not to be dismissed. I am alive.” Many of the flowers Offred encounters are in or around the house where she lives;

  • The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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    duty to her state to be fertile. If she does not get pregnant after so many tries, she may be sent to camps where she will be worked to death. The pressure on Handmaids is immense. They are seen only has “sacred vessels” or “ambulatory challises” (Atwood 136). A Handmaid, is only valued by her ovaries; she has no other purpose in this society. They are not allowed to read, own property, have a name, or even be a mother. Once a Handmaid gives birth to a healthy baby, if she is so lucky, she

  • Susanna Modorie By Margaret Atwood

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    associates with Susanna Moodie’s immigrant experience that she move to Canada from Scotland through a ship. Now, she is carried by bus on ST. Clair street from east to west. This poem is the last poem in The Journal of Susanna Moodie written by Margaret Atwood; it serves a backward looking on her past and interpretation to civilization

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood In every human beings life, one is given freedoms. With freedom comes responsibility, consequence following close behind. Sometimes this freedom is not freedom to do, but freedom from harm. The extreme form of this would form a Garrison mentality. A Garrison mentality is a situation in which a society protects but also confines an individual. “There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy