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Margaret Atwoods novel The Handmaids Tale is in a class of its own I have never read a book with its form of organization syntax or use of description and imagery Atwood used these tools to awesome effect Atwoods narrative is written in what seems as no order at all yet as you get deeper into the book you realize that it is chronologically arranged with countless flashbacks thrown into it It feels as if youre reading a steady stream of thoughts straight out of a persons mind This technique makes Offred seem so much more realistic She becomes a real person a living breathing thinking human being not just a character out of some story The syntax of this novel is nicely varied For the most part the sentences are long and flowing weaving a loom of conscious thought Then just as the speaker is becoming stressed there is a series of short clipped sentences and phrases often with a cuss word thrown in for effect This use of shorter sentences created tension in the flow of the story It reinforces the feelings of Offred and created the same feelings within the reader The best aspect of Atwoods narrative is her use of description and imagery Every detail is delivered in a crisp clean depiction that includes everything from color and size to the materials it is made of and the significance behind it Her use of imagery creates a world so sensuous as to be physically impossible Everything is delivered the texture the taste the scent The reader is released into a world solely made up of touch feel taste smell and sound Atwood has created a world beyond imagination with her organization syntax and description and imagery Her proficiency with these devices creates a book that is almost a living breathing being a being that everyone should meet
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