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An Analysis of the Lines in the Fourth Stanza of This is a Photograph of Me, a Poem by Margaret Atwood
Analysis of Margaret Atwood’s This is a Photograph of Me (The photograph was taken The day after I drowned. These lines are the fourth stanza of the poem and are located approximately in the center of the piece. I think that the fact that the lines are located in the center is important because to me these lines signify...
The Motif of Trauma in Surfacing by Margaret Atwood and Ceremony by Leslie Silko
Healing Surfaced Traumas Through Cyclic Ceremonies A wise person once said, “the first step to healing is recognizing there is a wound.” Throughout lifetimes, people are presented with obstacles and must learn to navigate through or around them. How an obstacle is faced and how it resonates with a person varies dependi...
The Thoughts of Offred in the Passage in The Handmaid's Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale Commentary In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood depicts a dystopian society where the government not only exerts its power over people’s actions, but also attempts to regulate people’s thoughts. In Gilead, any form of defiance is putting one’s life at risk. In this passage, Offred expresses her own t...
The Different Literary Tools Used in The Handmaid's Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Key Passage Analysis: The Handmaid’s Tale Offred is extremely isolated through the ways of society and the totalitarian government enforcing strict rules on citizens. The Handmaids Tale conveys the idea that if one is isolated from society, it is inevitable to be nostalgic of the past and the freedom that they once possess...
The Theme of Power in Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye talks heavily on the theme of power, because of the huge role it plays in the lives of its characters, and how it affects the interactions between characters throughout the entire novel. In Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood the text seems to argue that power and the holder of it is a constantly changi...
Language and Madness in A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Access Denied: The Struggle Between Language and Madness in Atwood’s A Handmaids’s Tale Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, A Handmaid’s Tale, tells the story of a dystopian society called Gilead. Gilead makes up what used to be the United States, but after several natural disasters caused child-bearing to be very difficult, sev...
An Analysis of the Novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
As society and science progresses, many ethical issues continue to arise. Some may think that certain ways of gaining knowledge may be unethical, or even cruel, while others may think that any way of obtaining knowledge is acceptable in the name of science and progress. The novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood is a work...
The Flower as a Symbol of Fertility in The Handmaid's Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a patriarchal society where women have become utterly devoid of their rights. A recent revolution led by religious extremists forced the system of traditional gender roles back into society, and as a result, women are demoralized, exploited, and viewed as resourc...
The Oppression of Men and Women in A Handmaid's Tale, a Science Fiction Novel by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s science fiction novel A Handmaid’s Tale portrays a dystopian society, Gilead, in which citizens are heavily oppressed. The most obvious forms of oppression are dealt towards women. Gileadean women are given specific roles, such as Handmaid’s, whose main purpose is reproduction, or Martha’s, who are essenti...
An Analysis of the Symbolism of Women in The Handmaids Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
In the book The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, women were all placed in different categories. These categories were set in place to indirectly oppress and limit the women. Showing that women no matter where they are from can be put in niche and be brought down mentally no matter how hard they’ve worked to be put high in...
The Loss of Choice and Free Will as the Worst Thing to Happen to Mankind in The Handmaid's Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
The Worst Thing That Can Befall Humanity Jean Paul Sartre once said, “We are our choices”. Without choices, that makes us nothing, nobody. The value of the ability to choose and judge, our free will, is our humanity and independence. It is what separates humans from animals and plants and machines. Our ability to judge a...
The Negative Perspective of the Suburbs in The City Planners, a Poem by Margaret Atwood
Explore how a place is presented in two of the poems you have studied. In the poem “The City Planners”, Margaret Atwood has a negative view of the suburbs which emulates Cheng’s pessimistic view of urban development in his poem, “The Planners.” Atwood starts of the poem in a seemingly positive way. “Cruising these reside...
An Interpretation of Death of a Young Son by Drowning, a Poem by Margaret Atwood
I find this poem to be very hard to understand. I read a few critiques of it, and most seem to agree that it is a reflection of the author’s, Margaret Atwood’s, immigration to Canada and her difficulty establishing roots there in contrast to her son, who was able to rise to success easily. Although there is some vaguely Can...
The Issues of Jimmy with Women in Oryx and Crake, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Perception of Sexual Behavior in Society Sex, it’s something many people don’t exactly feel comfortable taking about yet it’s seen everywhere in advertisement, from todays most popular music to magazines with sexy pictures and sex advice, in our society, “sex sells”. Yet sex isn’t openly talked about when it should be, an...
The Use of Vivid Language in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
In their respective novels, both Margaret Atwood and Tim O’Brien use vivid language and believable anecdotes delivered from an engaging first person point of view to convince readers that their fictional worlds are real. To create a realistic dystopia set in the near future, Atwood in The Handmaid’s Tale describes contemp...
An Interpretation of You Begin, a Poem by Margaret Atwood
The poem You Begin by Margaret Atwood explores the initial presentation of the world to a child, a very complex matter, in simple language that is both effective and imaginative. Through the repetition of key phrases as well as through the structure and syntax of the work, Atwood shows how a child grasps the world and how i...
A Hint of Feminism in The Handmaid's Tale, a Novel by Margaret Atwood
Feminist Reading of The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a widely popular novel based in the not so distant future where dictatorship rules and the United States of America is thrust under the weight of a theological leadership based on the laws given by God in the Old Testament and twisted in ways...
An Analysis of the Disprovement of the Non-Human Centered Narratives of Margaret Atwood and Mark Twain
Questioning Our Dominion: An Analysis of Non-Human Centered Tales Humans are the peak of natural evolution, the best creatures in existence, or so the anthropocentrists believe. Margaret Atwood and Mark Twain successfully demolish the anthropocentric argument through the use of non-human centered narrative. Both Atwood and...
The Theme of Ambiguity in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood’s obvious displays of ambiguity throughout The Handmaid’s Tale serve to bring you into the frustrating world of her characters. By leaving, what seems like, important information unclear, the reader becomes painfully aware of how little Offred and the others actually know. Beyond connecting with the characte...
The Biginning, the Middle, and the End in the Story Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood
A sandwich, a day of the week, and a story, like many things, each have a beginning, a middle, and an end. What is unique about these 3 though, is that the importance lies within the middle, no matter the beginning and the end. Most sandwiches begin and end with bread, although the kind of bread may vary. Most days start wi...
The Dilemma of Whether Man is Truly Free in A Clockwork Orange by Antony Burgess and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains” - Jeans-Jacques Rousseau. Taken from his seminal work The Social Contract, Rousseau’s words suggest that man is repressed by the society in which he lives. Although the book discusses the subjects of personal freedom with regards to eighteenth century politics, the questio...
The Use of Time in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Leslie Silko's Ceremony
In a modern world full of electronics, media, screens, ads, endless music, movies and so many other brain stimulating activities, it takes more and more for an author to captivate their audience into sitting still and reading a whole book. Mine is a generation that craves constant stimulation and entertainment to keep from...
A Comparison of Spotty-Handed Villainesses by Margaret Atwood and On Not Winning the Nobel Prize by Doris Lessing
Speeches have been described as ‘passionate and insightful responses to perceived injustice in the modern world’ This statement is particularly true of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Spotty-handed villainesses’ and Doris Lessing’s ‘On not winning the Nobel prize’. Both are authors and write of injustices to literature. Lessing also des...
The Capitalistic System in the Poem Footnote to the Amnesty Report on Torture by Margaret Atwood
Systemic Oppression in Atwood’s “Footnote to the Amnesty Report on Torture” Citizens set moral boundaries confidently when the injustices served work for their own benefit. Retrospectively, individuals can most often determine where they place the line between right and wrong. In this scene of a torture cell, though, the c...
The Role of the Twelve Maids in the Penelopiad, a Story by Margaret Atwood
A Female Centered World: The Twelve Maids in The Penelopiad Though it may be easy to write a story about fantasy creatures and epic quests, sometimes stories aren’t told about the ones unseen. In Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, readers see a new, female-centered world with the twelve maids representing the common woman,...