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Many times a serious topic needs to be lightened up in order to make it less frightful In Margaret Atwoods Rape Fantasies the author is able to lighten up the topic of rape through her skillful uses of comic tone She establishes this tone by using the elements of irony and humor in order to lessen the readers intimidation of rape Throughout the story Atwood is able to convey a sense of humor in the tone One element she uses to convey this humor is setting Atwood uses a womens lunch room as the setting of this discussion The fact that it would take place in such an open public location allows the reader to laugh at the situation as the story begins She also uses extremely incongruous behavior from the women An example of this would be as Chrissy heads over to the group one expects her to discuss the serious issues of rape and how to prevent it however she comes right out and says How about it girls do you have rape fantasies This behavior catches the reader totally off guard allowing them to see that something unusual is about to take place Atwood is also able to induce a comic tone through her main character Estelle Estelles ideas of rape fantasies include squirting a rapist in the eye with a lemon a man with terrible acne unable to undo his zipper and watching the Late Show with her ill-rapist Estelles view of each rapist allows the story to be humorous All of these quotes are examples of the conflicts she has with her antagonists the rapists The ways in which Atwood creates these comic rapists allows the reader to laugh about the topic of rape By using such a setting incongruous behavior and specific examples through her main character Atwood is able to provide the reader with laughs on a topic usually seen as serious and grim Atwood uses situational
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