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Margaret Atwood a contemporary Canadian author has been classified as one of this centurys most feminist and near dystopian novelists Her works illustrate how feminism has caused the downfall of contemporary society Margaret Atwood a prominent feminist author of the twentieth century is driven by her sense of social reform and her realistic view of a disturbed society to produce works such as The Handmaids Tale Atwood was born on November 18 1943 in Ottawa Ontario In her earlier years as a child she lived in the Canadian wilderness where her father was an entomologist He studied and observed insects Atwood is the second of three children of Margaret Dorothy Kilam and Dr Carl Edmund Atwood Brimrose 3 Her parents were both strong and independent minded parents who wanted their children to be the same 3 The Atwoods were a mile by water to the nearest village There was no radio television movie theater or children other than her brother who was two years older She attributes her outsiders eye to this unconventional childhood Bedell 2 When Atwood finally go to venture into the city all social groups seemed to her equally bizarre all artefacts and habits peculiar and strange 2A childhood divided between summers in the woodlands of Quebec and winters in many different Canadian cities is what Atwood credits her lust for reading thus a love for writing to Brimrose 2 She used reading as a means of entertainment Atwood centered her reading on Grimms Fairy Tales and George Orwells Animal Farm both of which created a dark prototype of victim and victimizer Rice 37 In speech in 1995 Atwood said that her literary career began at age sixteen when she crossed the schoolyard on her way home I was scuttling along in my usual furtive way suspecting no ill when a large thumb descended from the sky and pressed down on the top of my head A poem formed Casciato 2
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