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  • Offreds Perception Of The Flowers
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    In The Handmaids Tale, much use is made of imagery; to enable the reader to create a more detailed mental picture of the novels action and also to intensify the emotive language used. In particular, Atwood uses many images involving flowers and plants. The main symbolic image that the flowers provide is that of life; in the first chapter of the novel Offred says flowers: these are not to be dismissed. I am alive. Many of the flowers Offred encounters are in or around the house where she lives; i...
  • Characters Of Offred And The Commander
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    Reading of Handmaid The Handmaids Tale presents a futuristic society in which men and women do not have an emotional relationship. They need one another only for procreation. Men are represented as powerful and self-sufficient. Women are relegated to the position of servants. The intricacies of this society are examined through the characters of Offred and the Commander. By describing their daily lives, Atwood suggests that there are underlying problems in the Republic of Gilead relationships. S...
  • Offred's Mother's Story And Moira's Story
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    'The Handmaids Tale' has a complex narrative structure due to the fact that the narrator tells stories from the present, past and distant past throughout the novel. There are many scene shifts and time shifts that make the novel a difficult read. The narrators present situation and past history are gradually revealed through these shifts between time. The first chapter of the novel is used to introduce more themes that occur throughout the novel. There are many techniques that are used in the fi...
  • Atwood Utilises The Historical Notes
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    THE HANDMAID'S TALE BY LAURA TATCHELL The writer of a novel summarises and ties together the key ingredients of their argument in the conclusion which is a distillation of the themes and ultimate purposes of the entire novel. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood displays many of her values in the ending which is taken to comprise of the last chapter and the historical notes ranging from page 303 to 324. Atwood writes of her beliefs and values, which can be found just below the surface of the ...
  • Offred In Power
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    The Commander is one of, if not the most significant male character in the novel and his character is used to present the contrasts of the lives of a woman - Offred - and a man in the Gileadean society. The Commander is not properly introduced in the novel until page 97 and even in this chapter, we still find out very little about his character. We establish that he is a figure of authority by the fact that everyone in the household gathers once a week at a specific time to hear him read from th...
  • How Is Serena Joy Represented In The Novel
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    Serena Joy, the Commander's Wife, is the most powerful female presence in Offred's daily life in Gilead, and as Offred has plenty of opportunity to observe her at close quarters she appears in the narrative as more than just a member of a class in the hierarchy of Gileadean women. As an elderly childless woman she has to agree to the grotesque system of polygamy practised in Gilead and to shelter a Handmaid in her home, but it is plain that she resents this arrangement keenly as a violation of h...
  • Past And Present Through Offred's Memories
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    Narrative techniques are the different ways in which a writer tells their story. Ask yourself the following questions about how the story of The Handmaid's Tale is told: Is it all first-person narration? What are the advantages of this technique for the reader? Is it autobiographical? Is it genuine autobiography, or fictive autobiography? Is the story told in the same way all the way through? Does the story flow in a straightforward, easily understood style? Are we told the name of our narrator ...
  • Freedom For Offred
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    In the novel "The Handmaids Tale" written by Margaret Atwood, the main character Offred uses language as an act of rebellion against the state. This rebellion is caused because the state and government of their society Gilead has banned freedom of speech among the lower class, but in particular women. This leads to many citizens in the Gilead society to find ways to rebel using language, without getting caught. Gilead is a male dominated society where women have very few if any rights. The main ...
  • Offred Dreams Of The Freedom
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    We already know a little about Offred and her situation as a handmaid in the home of the Commander and Serena Joy. However, we learn a great deal more about the character of Offred through reading chapters five and six. She and Ofglen go shopping for their respective households, coming across a pregnant handmaid and some Japanese tourists whilst they are out. On their way home, Offred and Ofglen stop at 'the Wall'. The thematic concept of the double is introduced by the first few words of chapte...
  • Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood
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    The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, published in 1983, is the non-fiction book I have chosen to review and relate to the material studied in the course, Cross-Cultural Social Work Practice. Margaret Atwood is a well-known, critically approved, best-seller artist who's created some masterpieces such as The Robber Bride and Cat's Eye. The Handmaid's Tale is set in the futuristic Republic of Gilead. Sometime in the future, conservative Christians take control of the United States and establish...
  • Self Denial Offred
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    Brief summary: In this chapter, the opening starts off by describing Offred's bedroom. Offred realises that she has so much time on her hands, the only way to benefit from it is to observe each minute part of her room section by section and memorise where and how everything looks. She begins to reminisce back to times when she was in the hotel waiting for Luke and remembers how she did not pay much attention to the way the room was and took it for granted. On the 3rd day, she explores the cupboa...
  • Offred And The Commander
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    Final assignment Novel Analysis The handmaid's tale 1997-199 Gerald F. Curial Table of contents Introduction 1 A. Analysing a Short Story or Novel. Outline of key-events 2 Characterization 3 Use of Frequency 4 Theme (s) 4 Narrative technique 4 Plot and tension 4 Style 4 B. Discussion questions 5 Personal evaluation 5 Introduction? The handmaid's tale? was recommended to me by Vanessa Arendsz. She was a student at the H.A.N.? The handmaid's tale? is about a woman that narrates her story. The stor...
  • Offred's Mother
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    Atwood's Handmaid's Tale InAtwood's Handmaid's Tale Essay, Research Paper In the course Y 2 k and The End of The World, we " ve studied apocalyptic themes, eschatology, and for some, teleology. Apocalypse, which is to unveil or reveal, eschatology, which is a concept of the end, and teleology, the end or purpose to which we are drawn, are all themes used in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The book is apocalyptic in that it revolves around dystopian ideals. Atwood creates a world in which ...
  • Internal Conflict In Offred
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    Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: A Study OfAtwood's The Handmaid's Tale: A Study Of Rebellion Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: A Study of Rebellion "Rebels defy the rules of society, risking everything t retain their humanity. If the world Atwood depicts i chilling, if ' God is losing,' the only hope for optimism i a vision that includes the inevitability of human struggle against the prevailing order. ' -Joyce Johnson- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale analyzes human nature by presenting an inter...

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