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What is Atwood warning us about and how does she oblige us to consider it Fundamentally Atwood is warning us about the decrease in fertility due to pollution food and basically the way that we live our lives Other observations and warnings sprout from this and from our society Essentially the first technique used to engage the reader and make them consider the warnings is the genre science fiction As this ultimately is an enlarged reflection of today and it has a function of suggesting how our world could turn out to be There are such a range of techniques used by Atwood to encourage the reader to consider warnings that focusing in on one main device may successfully portray the depth in which Handmaids Tale can be analysed Therefore the focus of this essay is language Firstly the novel is written in present tense which immediately makes the science fiction touch base with the reader it is real and can be seen as happening right now This is also portrayed through the description of senses and actions which bring Offred back to the moment the motor turns Also there are quite a lot of gaps within each chapter visually representing the space in which Offred lives and is not telling the story- a silence in the tape-a recognition of the time gap Similarly the reader may feel obliged to consider the situation like Offred we are thrown into a foreign world experiencing perhaps the same sense of confusion as there wasnt even an enemy you could put your finger on So inevitably the reader is left to question how they would respond to the Gileadean society and the rules within it Alongside this is the format as we find out for certain in the Historical Notes that the diary was in fact saved as a compilation of tapes This has immense influence on the style of the novel as it is so colloquial
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