The Handmaid 's Tale By Margret Atwood And Alif The Unseen Essay

2605 Words Jun 19th, 2016 11 Pages
Throughout all of human history language has been a powerful tool used by all in some shape or form. Language varies in forms, even encompassing the primitive cave paintings from ancient times or the verbal speech used by people today. Despite its many forms, language is always able to empower the wielder. Humans have used it against each other for centuries to gain power over others. Language is liberating and language is oppressive. Some have freed thousands of people with an outstanding speech, while others have destroyed lies and created fear with a few words. Both The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margret Atwood and Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson, explore this and how language is used as a tool of power within in societies. In The Handmaid’s Tale, language and various forms of speech are used to oppress predominantly women of the dystopian society of Gilead. Conversely, in Alif the Unseen, the same is used to liberate the people who are under the threat of the government controlled censorship and oppression. In both texts, language in many forms such as names, written texts, and spoken word are all used in unique ways. Ultimately, both texts communicate how effective language can be to either control or liberate citizens of autocratic societies in their own unique ways. In both texts, names play a significant role in development of characters and reflect on their freedoms and rights. Firstly, when looking at this from the viewpoint of Alif the Unseen, it is obvious…

Related Documents