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    difficult times, while in her poem “Siren Song”, Margaret Atwood uses the same scene to show that women are beautiful, but they have more of a purpose than being used by men. Margaret Atwood wrote “Siren Song” to give The Siren’s point of view, since all the attention is on the men throughout Greek Mythology. Atwood is known for writing about real life issues, and in this poem it reflects equality (Behrens). In the poem it says,“I don’t enjoy it here.” (Atwood) which is symbolic. The Sirens reflect women

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    Canada Margaret Atwood is an award-winning writer best known for her short stories, novels, poetry; Margaret Atwood is one of today’s leading fiction writers. Mrs. Atwood is a story writer, essayist, novelist, poet, and environmental activist. Many of Mrs. Atwood’s novels have received critical acclaim in The U.S., Europe, and Canada. Mrs. Atwood is also committed to positive change in our way of life. Mrs. Atwood Created Green Policies for Ontario Canada. Mrs. Atwood was born Margaret Eleanor

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    throughout history, and it is transported all over the world. However spoken word is different, it is altered every single time that it is told. Every person tells a story differently, and everyone interprets a story differently. In the speech that Margret Atwood gave, An End to Audience, she uses many personal analogies to show how all a story teller can do is tell the kinds of stories that they wish to tell and hope that someone out in the world will want to listen, even if they are not in the same place

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    Imagine living in a society where oppression is used in everyday culture. In the novel THE HANDMAID’S TALE, author Margaret Atwood portrays a very different world, one that keeps the reader thinking about this strange lifestyle throughout the entire book . The female gender faces massive obstacles in which all power is taken away from women and left in a male dominated power. Oppression of women is seen throughout the novel, women in this novel are forbidden to read and write, each and every woman

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    In A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Offred is unable to effectively deal with her oppressed condition. Rather than fight the notions that people have of Handmaids, Offred starts to believe the things that everyone says about her. Offred emphasizes that she was given the choice of becoming a Handmaid; however, her only other options were death or getting shipped off to the Colonies, where she would eventually meet her death due to large amounts of radiation. The society of Gilead believes that

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    In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood allows and almost disturbs the readers to question if they are truly satisfied with their lives and the society they are living in, and conveys to the readers that our society needs change and improvement. People nowadays believe that gender equality is necessary since the topic is so often discussed. The fact that people believe in this shows how much progress our world has made. However, it is so easy for us to forget the real reason behind this general statement;

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    marked a significant role in literature. Her works contain the concepts of human issues, portrayal of culture, socio-political and ecological issues. She portrays the bright sense of complexity of culture and human life in Canada. Every single work of Atwood displays the pride and uniqueness of her nation. She unites the concepts of socio-political issues, gender differences, cultural, feminism and reflects them as a Canadian. Reingard Nischik draws attention to this multifarious Atwoodian voice and applauds:

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    life through the valley of the universe, the shadow of death slowly darkens my sun. Everyone dies. Margaret Atwood asserts in the F scenario of “Happy Endings” that regardless of which scenario from A to E the reader chooses, regardless of plot or character name change “…the endings are the same however you slice it” (Atwood 29). The reason, all scenarios loop back to A: “John and Mary die” (Atwood 29). It doesn’t matter how death comes about because the inevitable end result of temporal existence

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    Throughout time and history, patriarchy has taken over. The Penelopiad, a novel by Margaret Atwood set in ancient Greece shows a group of characters differently than The Odyssey. Before, The Odyssey portrayed the maids as promiscuous, evil, and wanted the audience to think badly of them. The Penelopiad, however, shows them as innocent and harmed, and wants the audience to have sympathy for them. Before, The Odyssey made the maids appear to be evil. The Penelopiad, though, shows a more innocent

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    In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilead, an ultra-misogynistic dystopia, has taken over what can be assumed to be the United States. Women are separated into categories based on their age, fertility, and general use to the regime. Any women who does not fit the qualifications for any of the categories or violates rules against sexual activity is deemed an Unwomen and sent to the a supposedly treacherous place known as the “Colonies”. Men are also forbidden from having sexual relations unless

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    issues through their literary and provide a philosophical and socio-political outlook (Malak. 11), this is especially true authors of Dystopic novels. Writers like George Orwell and Margaret Atwood, use their works to depict social issues and political issues like sexism (Atwood), and surveillance (Orwell and Atwood) in society. In Atwood's book The Handmaid's tale, the main character Offred is a woman living in a theocracy who has been denied the right to own property, to work, and to read. She

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    control her own body”. When Margaret Sanger spoke these words, she was expressing her belief on a woman’s right to have an abortion. This quote, however, speaks to the fact that women are oppressed on more than just abortions. In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Atwood portrays the dehumanization of sexuality through both the characters and events within the novel, therefore proving that women will always be considered less than men will. Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario

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    Secrets Held in The Handmaid’s Tale Essay In a utopian world in which the main character has to do what they are told, there would have to be secrets among the people around them. The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel by Margaret Atwood in which a Handmaid by the name of Offred lives in the home of her Commander and his wife and she, along with other Handmaids, have specific roles to play and are forced to do those roles. As a Handmaid, Offred has to lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander

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    “I have traveled far but where have I reached? I have adapted to roles that have changed like tides of sea. I give you all, you take all from me yet won’t place me where I am meant to be, won’t give me what is due to me. Not only you, all of humanity.” This is a poem on Women Speak, spoken by the voice of past and present dutiful daughters, mothers, and wives (Womenspeak). The Handmaid’s Tale is a story about power, control, and sexuality. Although it is just a book, and to some people, it might

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    Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale depicts the Republic of Gilead in a futuristic setting where, a totalitarian state concerned with the declining birth rates, attained power in a major coup. The theocratic state takes complete control of reproduction among other aspects of women’s freedom by marginalizing the social group. In fact, the Handmaid’s are a select group of fertile, young women whose worth are judged solely on their reproductive abilities in a Commander's household. Written in the 1980’s

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    The Penelopiad Analysis

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    The author, Margaret Atwood, wrote a book called The Penelopiad. Margaret Atwood is from Ottawa (margaretatwood.ca). She attended University of Toronto and Radcliffe College, where she received her undergraduate degree and master’s degree(margaretatwood.ca) She has written more than forty books that are based on fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Margaret and the character from The Penelopiad, Penelope, are both females, therefore Margaret understands what Penelope goes through as a woman. Margaret

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    In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid's Tale, humanity is portrayed as a cyclically flawed being. Through the use of extended metaphors, allusions, and flashback descriptions of the past, the world created is meant to reflect reality and the shifts in societies as they occur. However, Atwood’s ultimate purpose is to not only show that nations and cultures collapse and rise in the place of their ancestors, but that this constant push and pull is created by man’s own inability to change. The depicted,

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    How would you feel if you were controlled by a society? In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, Gilead is a dystopian society where people are told what to do and what not to do. Margaret Atwood demonstrates that restricted expression leads to rebellious actions by showing the rules being broken by the Commanders and Offred’s relationship as it’s developing. Although, society tells them they are restricted to certain actions, they disregard these rules and do what they desire. The Commander and Offred’s

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    they have been assigned to, stripping them of any individuality. The protagonist of The Handmaid’s Tale is referred to as Offred (of Fred). Through the manipulation of literary devices such as juxtaposition, allusion, and descriptive diction, Margaret Atwood voices her concerns about our future, and reveals just how quickly and completely our present could transform. As chapter 33 begins, the Handmaids are off to the Women’s Prayvaganza (a portmanteau of pray and extravaganza). The event, juxtaposed

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    Imagine living in a world where people are not content with who they are, and as a result are always striving for perfection, which as learned through Oryx and Crake is unachievable without consequences. This world, portrayed in Margaret Atwood’s book, displays the different factors of how society has changed through time and displays the negative effects of people’s need to be flawless. This aspiration for unattainable perfection leads to the destruction of the society through unethical behavior

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