Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale

Document A is an extract from Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed dystopian novel: The Handmaid’s Tale published in 1985. The book depicts the journey of the main character Offred, a handmaid in the patriarchal totalitarian regime of the Republic of Gilead (former United States). Most sections of the book are told from Offred’s perspective and this excerpt is no exception. As a handmaid, Offred’s main purpose is to service the Republic by bearing and conceiving the child of the elite couple she’s been assigned to, in this passage Offred describes in great detail her room in the couple’s home. Document B is a still from the world famous TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer a popular American ...

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female protagonists. First we will study their unsettling surroundings in each document and more largely the scary alternative realities they evolve in, then we will analyze each character’s state of mind.

Margaret Atwood’s narrator and main character Offred, introduces the reader to the life of a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. The character is extremely aware of her surroundings, in this excerpt she carefully describes her room in the Commander’s home. A description so detailed, that it makes the reader embody the character and experience her surroundings through her eyes. The room’s furniture is sparse, apart from the bed, Offred enumerates a chair, a table and a lamp. Offred notices that the only window in the room only opens partly, she observes every detail, from the movement of the curtains to the highly polished wooden floor and the absent chandelier that has seemingly been removed to avoid the possibility of the handmaid committing suicide by hanging ...

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Added: 4/8/2019 06:29:58 PM
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