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An Analysis of the Theme of Betrayal by One's Loved Ones in Two Novels: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl
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Betrayal by those we love is a scenario that has long been found in stories of our culture Eve betrayed Adam by eating of the forbidden tree Delilah betrayed Sampson by cutting off his hair Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus and the list goes on In both The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl the narrators were betrayed by those they loved The focus of betrayal by ones loved ones despite the differences in gender of the person performing the betrayal and how it can be found from the narrators perspective was the focus that most influenced me when studying these novels It shows how once one has been betrayed whether willingly or unwillingly life was forced to change While the betrayal was obvious in The Space Merchants it was a little more difficult to find in Margaret Atwoods novel In The Space Merchants the narrator Mitch Courtney has had his identity switched and was sent to a work camp in Costa Rica As he progressed on his rise back to his normal life he employed the help of the Consies who he could not stand and were reunited after Mitchs trials with the love of his life Dr Kathy Nevin While this betrayal became obvious when the two were united there were clues to this betrayal earlier in the novel Kathy was a cardiologist specialist This we know from Mitchs lie about his heart hurting when he used a false name to get an appointment with her When Mitch was finally frozen in the snow a cardiologist would have had certainly have the knowledge of how long he could last in the prolonged cold without dying as well as knowing the ways to revive him after his exposure and equipment failure At the same time the low social security number on his arm was altered While one cannot be sure it would take surgical techniques to remedy that at
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