Essays Tagged: "The Handmaid's Tale"

The organization, syntax, and imagery used in Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is in a class of its own. I have never read a book with its form of organizatio ... r read a book with its form of organization, syntax, or use of description and imagery. Atwood used these tools to awesome effect.Atwood's narrative is written in what seems as no order at all, yet as ... e effect.Atwood's 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. ...

(1 pages) 47 2 3.0 Jun/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

English LiteratureThe Handmaids TaleWill society ever reach a point where it is considered the 'natural norm' by all, ... reach a point where it is considered the 'natural norm' by all, and therefore unable to undergo further change? It is impossible to imagine that such a point could ever exist, as all people would hav ... t could ever exist, as all people would have different belief, values and expectations according to their past experiences. In The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, the oppressive Gilead regime enf ...

(6 pages) 121 0 3.7 Jul/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A comparison of the imagery and language in "The handmaid's tale" and Judith Wright's poems

In Margaret Atwood's "The handmaid's tale" and Judith Wright poems, some subject matters are similar because there are a l ... similar because there are a lot of imageries based on children and men, from voices of a woman. In "the handmaid's tale" the narrator has lost her child and husband, and in some Judith Wright poems it ... in some Judith Wright poems it is about a woman's love for men, and a child being born. Looking at the imagery and language used, we can compare between the approach the writers are making and the di ...

(4 pages) 66 1 2.3 Sep/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood - "Examine the ways in which the writer (Atwood) uses memory in the novel"

Atwood has used memory in this novel as a form of escape for the main character 'Offred' or 'June' as some critics believe her to be called. Mostly, memories are ... some critics believe her to be called. Mostly, memories are used when Offred is alone in her room, therefore, the majority of memories occur in the 'Night' sections.The reason Offred only permits mem ... ermits memories when she is own her own is because she doesn't want to let any emotion show around other people. This can be seen in the kitchen when Offred smells bread baking and this lead her into ...

(1 pages) 29 0 3.0 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Handmaids Tale

Word Count: 1537The Freedom's of a SocietyIn a society where women have freedom, they are usually susceptible to mur ... to murder, rape, and other abuse. One way, to guarantee such torment does not go on, is to observe the women at all times. If women are kept secluded and monitored, the government can essentially gua ... women are kept secluded and monitored, the government can essentially guarantee that the females in their country are safe. The latter is the setup of the Gileadean society in Margaret Atwood's novel ...

(6 pages) 44 0 4.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Discuss the Gileadean concept of "Freedom to, freedom from"

The dystopian novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale' implies the fact that there are two types of freedom, fre ... id's Tale' implies the fact that there are two types of freedom, freedom to and freedom from. It is the paradox between 1980's America and Gilead that is examined continually throughout the novel and ... novel and it's the ideas of 'freedom to' being a society of broad-minded morals and 'freedom from' the more controlled, restrictive society with an imposition upon individual freedom that are most pr ...

(5 pages) 72 0 3.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Critical Analysis of 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood

The creation of Offred, the passive narrator of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, was intention ... the passive narrator of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, was intentional. The personality of the narrator in this novel is almost as important as the task bestowed upon her. Atwood chooses an a ... chooses an average women, appreciative of past times, who lacks imagination and fervor, to contrast the typical feminist, represented in this novel by her mother and her best friend, Moira. Atwood is ...

(4 pages) 78 1 4.3 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Heros in Gilgamesh by David Ferry and Offred The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.

who is gifted with great courage and strength, distinguished for his bold exploits, and favored by the gods. Or, a hero can be a person noted for feats of courage, mainly one who has risked or sacrif ... of courage, mainly one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. Finally, a hero can simply be the main character in a novel, poem, or dramatic presentation. There are many different types of her ...

(4 pages) 66 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Handmaid's Tail.

ENG.1BREADER RESPONSETHE HANDMAID'S TALE In the story of The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood sets the tone with t ... describing what every night feels and looks like from what use to be a gymnasium which is now where the narrator and the rest of the girls sleep. The narrator is basically explaining what goes on in h ... st of the girls sleep. The narrator is basically explaining what goes on in her recent posting from the certain types of uniforms they wear to the everyday chores that they have and the gossip amongst ...

(2 pages) 41 1 3.4 Apr/2004

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Language Studies > Writing

This essay discusses "The Handmaid's Tale" by Magaret Atwood, with particular reference to the historical notes and their significance adn importance to the whole novel.

The last chapter of the novel, the historical notes, may be unsatisfying to some readers in the sens ... ng to some readers in the sense that we are still not given a conclusive end to Offred's tale. Both the reader and Professor Pieixoto are able to deduct from the "very existence of the tapes" that Off ... hat happened to her after that? This uncertainty is reflected through what Offred herself says when the black van comes to pick her up, "And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light". ...

(6 pages) 69 1 4.4 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Gilead's Language System in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"

The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian futuristic novel by Margaret Atwood recounts the story of a totalit ... uristic novel by Margaret Atwood recounts the story of a totalitarian state, Gilead, which endorses the dehumanization of women with the excuse of effacing all scurrilous events and resolving a catast ... e multiplicity of thought in its subjects by banning all types of reading and writing, and reducing the daily vocabulary to a number of "politically-correct" assertions. It is of paramount importance, ...

(4 pages) 28 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Hope and Hopelessness of Moira: "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood: Argumentative essay: Moira as a symbolic character of hope to the main character.

eenagers strive for while going through adolescence. Once achieved, this right of passage is one of the most difficult to surrender. Such strong defiance and independence is shown in Margaret Atwood's ... Such strong defiance and independence is shown in Margaret Atwood's, "The Handmaid's Tale", through the minor character of Moira. This character is referred to throughout the novel as strong-willed an ...

(3 pages) 29 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Essay On "The Handmaid's Tale"

What if American women were suddenly returned to their cloistered state of old in which their only freedom was the freedom from the dangers of the su ... the dangers of the surrounding world? Then again, did women ever truly achieve "freedom to" at all?The first society is Modern America with its relatively liberal mores and customs, and the second is ... a with its relatively liberal mores and customs, and the second is Gilead, a totalitarian Christian theocracy which takes control of America in the late 1980's in order to "save" it from its pollution ...

(5 pages) 61 2 4.0 Jan/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

How have the following Speculative Fiction texts you studied gone beyond the expectations of the genre?

ied as Speculative Fiction it must be a combination of both Fantasy and Science Fiction and include the conventions which are traditionally associated with the genre. The elements commonly found in Sp ... traditionally associated with the genre. The elements commonly found in Speculative Fiction include the examination of humanity's misuse of technology, abuse of power, politics, religion, perceptions ...

(11 pages) 69 1 4.0 Jul/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

How are the main characters in "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood constructed to represent the text's underlying values and attitudes?

a neutral account; typically, characters are constructed to express a particular viewpoint. How are the main characters in "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood constructed to represent the text's ... udes?Fictional texts are rarely constructed to present a neutral account; instead authors construct their texts to represent particular viewpoints. These viewpoints are manifested through the author's ...

(6 pages) 42 0 3.0 Aug/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

This Moral Decay

We are going down. There's not a doubt in my mind that this is true. The deterioration of our society has been occurrin ... ever, it seems to me through things I've seen and heard, that this process has increased greatly in the 20th century. Our categorizations and stereotypes of people and groups, our "money-means-everyth ... e do in our lives, and worst of all, our false notion that everything is alright, are just a few of the things which are destroying our freedom.In The Handmaids' Tail, Margaret Atwood portrays this me ...

(3 pages) 12 0 0.0 Nov/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Handmaids Tale -historical Notes

The Epilogue is a transcript of a symposium held in 2195. The Republic of Gilead is now a dead repub ... The Republic of Gilead is now a dead republic. Offred's story been published as a manuscript titled The Handmaid's Tale. Her story was found recorded on a set of cassette tapes locked in a trunk in Ba ... Her story was found recorded on a set of cassette tapes locked in a trunk in Bangor, Maine. During the speech, we discover that the Gileadean period was responsible for the re-drawing of the map of t ...

(1 pages) 453 0 0.0 Jan/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

What impact does the structure of chapters 1-12 have on

What impact does the structure of chapters 1-12 have on our understanding of character and themes in The Handmaid's T ... on our understanding of character and themes in The Handmaid's Tale By looking at the structure of the novel throughout chapters 1-12, I can begin to understand the roles of the characters and the im ... stand the roles of the characters and the impressions they leave on readers. As I read about Offred the narrator of the novel, I begin to understand that throughout the novel she feels isolated and sc ...

(8 pages) 578 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

1984, by George Orwell, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 show fear as a way individuals dominate over other populace

s a tool by which a dictator can seemingly become your friend" (Dr. Phil). This quotation signifies the advantage gained by dictators that control through fear. They are able to maintain the pretense ... friend to those in fear because those in fear crave protection. Those in control can provide it. In the books 1984, by George Orwell and The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, control through fear is ...

(9 pages) 2347 0 4.0 Dec/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature > Authors

The Handmaid's Tale: A Reflection of the Past and Warnings for Future Generations Author: Margaret Atwood

Throughout history women have always been seen as inferior to men; they are stereotyped to be weaker, slower, and less intelligent. However, over time, women have foug ... e weaker, slower, and less intelligent. However, over time, women have fought for their rights, for their turn to speak, and for an equal society where landing a job is based on your resume and not yo ... omen could not, and some even surpassing men by becoming more successful, content and accomplished. The Handmaid's Tale, a dystopian novel, displays patriarchy and approaches what roles men and women ...

(25 pages) 20 1 3.0 Dec/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors