Margaret Atwood- Feminism Essay

1225 Words Mar 6th, 2012 5 Pages
Jennifer Yeomelakis
Major Author Rough Draft
2/13/12

Feminism in the Works of Margaret Atwood

Feminism is the belief and advocacy of equal rights for woman. This belief is shown through Margaret Atwood’s works, although she doesn’t believe so “Every time you write from the point of view of a woman, people say it’s feminist.” Critics all of the world disagree with her and say that Atwood’s novels are blatantly feministic. Margaret Atwood uses time, male chauvinism, and jealousy to display her belief that women aren’t treated fairly, yet they deserve to be. Atwood’s mute female roles create the setting for her
In Atwood’s works, time is vital is showing that her feminist beliefs sets the outline in which she displays that belief.
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She longed to stand out from the heard.” By showing that her characters have that mindset, Atwood not only shows that they are modern women, but it shows that they are striving to change the world and to become something of themselves. They want to be more than just a wife or mother. The also were very risky in terms of keeping up the image of that perfect housewife “I considered it prudent not to take any risk” (37) Penelope remains a good example for the type of women that didn’t exist in those time periods such as 1200 B.C. or the 1800’s.
The use of allusions is an important factor in making Atwood’s books more realistic. To believe that people would be so close-minded in present day is harder then believing that people in the past would be. Atwood would not have been able to create her stories without the use of allusions, nor would she be able to create the style that she is most prized for. For Alias Grace, Atwood conducts research into Grace Marks’ case and finds alternate accounts of the 1834 murders “ I have not changed any of the known facts although the known facts are so contradictory that few emerge as equivocally ‘known’.” Margaret Atwood herself admits to making up the lost details from the past events or the missing points from other works. In The Handmaid’s Tale, it seems like Atwood is taking many situations from history and turning them into what would have happened, and what would have happened turned society into a robot world where

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