Margaret Atwood Essay Topics

The Handmaid’s Tale – short summary

The novel The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margret Atwood is about how the government chose to control the way the community was run and control the lives of men and women. The novel tells the story from the perspective of a middle-aged woman named Offred who questions society’s accepted beliefs and conventions. Offred is a… View Article

The Handmaid’s Tale

Many novels set in the future, in situations supposedly removed from the present, in fact offer critiques of today’s society. What specific aspects of society do you think Atwood comments on in The Handmaid’s Tale and how does she do this? “Atwood’s feminism is an integral part of her critical approach, just as her concept… View Article

Margaret Atwood; Cat’s Eye Analysis- Refraction and Self

“Our commonsense explanations of the world and ourselves are problematised by Atwood through her novel. Nothing is quite as it seems, when we look at anything (in a mirror, in the past, at others) it is refracted as if through water.” Discuss the ideas and issues in the novel in relation to this statement, paying… View Article

Gender and Power in the Handmaids Tale

Topic Question: What understandings of the issue of gender and power are gained from characterization of men and women constructed in the text studied?The notion of power is a fundamental building block of any ancient, modern or futuristic society. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an example of the distribution of power across a… View Article

Themes in the novel ‘The Handmaids Tale’

Gilead takes environmental control to an extreme, and controls almost all aspects of it’s inhabitant’s lives. The handmaids are controlled within society by means of the self worth lowering ignorance, de-humanizing abasement, and the fear instilled by strict consequences to illegal actions. ‘Control’ is a major theme throughout the novel – whether it be by… View Article