Tale Essay Topics

Discuss the ways in which atmosphere

  Atwood describes a number of things she “could” do in the fourth paragraph of the extract. This creates a “what will happen? “, and therefore suspense, as Atwood reels off a list of possibilities, without actually carrying out any of them – “Each one of them (the possibilities) seems the same size as all… View Article

The Handmaids Tale

This book is a depiction of an anti-utopian future society, along with others like ‘1984’ and ‘Brave New World’. It combines a futuristic reality, feminism and politics to create a very detailed novel considering many different aspects of ‘Gilead’. ‘Offred’ is the complex lead character who draws us into the seemingly perfect but corrupt world… View Article

The Handmaids Tale

Explore the ways Atwood presents the ideas of freedom and imprisonment in The Handmaids Tale. “The Handmaids Tale” is set in a dystopia. This suggests a society where everything is wrong. However, this is clearly not the case in Gilead. There are aspects of the society, which are unjust, but equally there are certain facets… View Article

Women and feminism raised in The Handmaids Tale

Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaids Tale was written in 1986 when the feminist movement was happening, the word feminism is hard to really define into one term but it is usually recognised as meaning equal rights for women. The first wave of feminism happened in the 19th century and this was about sexual division in… View Article

The Miller’s prologue and Tale

In lines 493-548, John, the carpenter, carries out the instructions given to him by Nicholas. The extract is important to the tale as it furthers the plot, shows Chaucer’s attitude towards the action, shows Chaucer’s skill as a writer, heightens the realism of the tales setting and gives a clear presentation of John. The extract,… View Article

Atwood presents women in the novel?

  Atwood includes in the novel Offred as a young child watching her mother burning pornographic magazines because she wants her readers to question how far the women in the society at the time the novel was set involved in creating the Gilead regime; feminists takes part in activities such as campaigning against pornographic materials… View Article

The Miller’s Tale

The portrait of Alison is built up with touches of fine detail and vivid colour in her introduction to the reader. Her picture is developed by a succession of striking images that are unusual in their homeliness and exciting too in their appropriateness – the blossom in spring “the newe pere-jonette tree”, a newly minted… View Article

The Merchant’s Tale

“The merchant’s tale presents a thoroughly cynical view of women and marriage” How far do you agree off such a statement as an accurate general description of the Merchant’s Tale. It is true to say that the merchant presents a thoroughly cynical view of women and marriage but it is not an accurate general description… View Article

The Franklin’s Tale

Nature can be perceived as a fundamental theme in Chaucer’s writing during certain parts of The Franklin’s Tale. It can be conveyed as a positive or negative aspect of the characters surroundings. Dorigen’s castle stands “faste by the see. ” The sea is significant to Dorigen’s feelings in several different ways. The unpredictable and commanding… View Article

The Triangulation of Love in The Knights Tale

In “The Knight’s Tale,” the first story of The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer uses the triangle to investigate the abstract complexity of life’s most powerful emotion—love. Since “love is law unto itself,” it can be a challenge to examine its erratic nuances critically. Yet Chaucer, through the symbolic geometry of a triangle, masterfully establishes a… View Article

The Clerk’s Tale

This illustrates that January is seeing a ‘reflection’ of the ideal of marrying a beautiful maiden – though not a reflection of his own physical appearance, which later detracts from May’s comfort in their wedding bed. The Merchant neglects to mention her parentage and under what pretences she actually came to marry January, whose presentation… View Article

The Merchant’s Tale

The use of the word ‘but’ in line 843 is the first signal to the audience that there is going to be a significant change within Januarie’s fortune. Up until this point he has been considerably lucky; he is described as a ‘worthy knight’ who has ‘lived in greet prosperitee’ and has been married to… View Article

The Prioress Tale

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer is a collection of tales during the medieval period that presents different stories of traveling pilgrims from various social degrees and culture. The characters’ life in these collective stories revolves around the beliefs, behaviors, and diverse political system of the three main societal estates and class divisions: the church,… View Article