Analysis Of The Handmaiden's Tale

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Layton Williams, Audience Engagement Editor for Sojo.net, conducted an interview with the author of the Handmaidens Tale; Margrett Atwood, to gain a deeper insight to her novel and its meaning. Prior to showing the dialogue of the interview, Williams prompts the readers with a question that lays the foundation for the article, which is “If the United States were to have a totalitarianism, what kind of totalitarianism would it be?”. Following this question, he provided a concise one paragraph summary of the novel. To commence the interview, Williams questioned Atwood about the role of faith in her novel and its aim to teach positive Christian ethics to the readers, in addition to discussing faith as a “force of good”. The conversation then shifted …show more content…
It argues that issues of feminism and gender are central to the novel and women are the main victims in the society which Margrett Atwood conceived. This idea was explored in five different sections vital to the theme of gender in the novel, which serve to construct a report styled article. These ranged from open minded feminism to gender and language, with no other concepts or themes explored besides those underlying the gender theme. The language used is articulate and crisp, where the author is able to express their ideas concerning gender clearly and effectively. The article tells readers that Atwood is renowned for her feminist views which are explored within her novel. Her views are mirrored by the recent feminist movement in society which could contribute to the success of the novel. Additionally, the writer compares the novel to a movie called The Red Shoes which similarly suggests that “women could not have both a career and a happy love life”. The target audience is likely to be a matured crowd whom are expected to have both read the novel and viewed The Red Shoes due to a lack of any summary. Unlike other articles such as Williams’s and Marks’s, it covers a narrow array of content, yet the information covered was comprehensive and intelligible. In conclusion, Crossref-it.info’s article is useful when exploring the theme of …show more content…
Unlike Peter Marks’s article, which includes an extended summary of the play, Falsani’s post focuses on the impact and background of Shanley’s Doubt, with one paragraph dedicated to a summary. The writing incorporated was conversational, using words such as “whodunit”, connecting to the readers on a conversational level, allowing the article to flow well through the simplicity of disregarding formal vocabulary. This makes the vlog easier to read and understand, with little complexity to the language, which enables a broader target audience, as opposed to Marks’s formally worded article. This smaller focus on a summary means there is more room for analysis, which Falsani explores and carries out deeply. She focuses on how the play makes one “rethink their life” in addition to making a comparison to past cases of Church scandals, complimenting the realistic nature of the play to these events. This comparison was unique as no other articles related to real life events. The vlog was written in late 2009, almost five years after the first performance which indicates the it was likely swayed by the reviews of other critics, reducing its reliability as a genuine review. Despite this, the easy to read post provides a detailed response from a different perspective of the play Doubt. Although, her analysis and conclusions may differ to that of other’s, specifically

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