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    Margaret Attwood uses her gift for fictional writing to explore the powerful theme of control. She does this through the medium of The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), which won the Governor-General’s award in 1985, and the first Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987. The dystopian novel portrays a current day North America being occupied by the religious extremists the Sons of Jacob. The religious leaders that are aiming to enact its idea of a perfect world heavily control the dystopia’s population. Attwood showed the levels of this control through the techniques symbolism, setting, and language. Attwood using these techniques has shown how control is utilised on the population and relates to how in our own world control is attained. The control of the…

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    Introduction The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Bath by Janet Frame both show the extraordinary loss of freedom humans can suffer in their lives. These talented writers have portrayed this theme through skilful use of characterisation, setting and imagery. In dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, antagonist Offred is stripped of her freedom by a theocracy. This government demand single women to be surrogates for rich, barren couples. In the short story, The Bath by Janet Frame, a…

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    Offred is a slave, she is a slave to an internal war within herself and an outside war that she has no control over. Offred is a handmaid. During a time of war her family and her were separated and she was given a choice. She could either choose to go to the colonies and clean up nuclear waste, or she could be a handmaid and give her body up for the wars purpose. The purpose of being a handmaid is to be an instrument, to bare children for the commanders and their wives. Offred only wants to find…

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    Altruism Analysis

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    Altruism’s Gifts of Nature Have you ever gone out of your way to help somebody in need, or maybe even done something for somebody just because you know it will make them happy? If you have, then you could relate to the word “altruism”. Altruism is the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well being of others. In the article “Of Altruism, Heroism and Evolutions Gifts” the author Natalie Angier describes altruism by using examples of not only human beings but also…

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    The Handmaid

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    The handmaid is an excellent book to read, in my opinion this book should remain on the high school curriculum because in the book they teach you the way women’s live during the war, the conduction that women’s had to go through and the impact on the women. In the book the author takes bunch of characters and talk about them. They are not any random characters, these are the characters the story revolves around. These are the people that brought change in the book. They are the one that push…

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    The title, Sana Maabot ang Langit, in Velutha’s point of view, the Langit represents Ammu who is in the higher position in the caste system and Velutha, an untouchable can never reach her. Based on the novel, this is a book that is a letter to the powerless, whether it is women who are not allowed to follow the direction of their heart or men who suffered because they are from the wrong caste. Therefore the designed poster is a form of triangle that represents the caste system in India, and Ammu…

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    In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Offred, one of the main characters lives in the Republic of Gilead. The Republic of Gilead is a regime where fertile women are used for their ovaries to reproduce children. Known as handmaids, these women are treated like prisoners and are forced to have sexual relationships with their Commander. Before Offred entered the Republic of Gilead she was the wife of Luke and the mother of a daughter and her life was complete. “Our happiness is part memory.…

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    Toni Morrison 's The Bluest Eye and Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale are novels that include many instances of violence in order to demonstrate how brutality informed the ideas and lives of their characters. The Bluest Eye introduces the character of Pecola Breedlove, a young girl whose life has been characterized by habitual exposure to violence. Pecola develops and maintains the idea that she is unworthy of better circumstances and the frequency of violence throughout her life foster…

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    Throughout history, all of the world's governments have used authority to ensure or at least try to make their country run properly. Whether it be police watching the streets, armies putting down rebellions, or even secret police spying and taking out people, one way or another the government always tries to maintain power of its citizens to make sure nobody is doing anything that would harm the state. This idea of power of authority is shown in these three works, The Handmaid's Tale by…

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    Oppressive circumstances can lead to a comforting form of ignorance. The once United States of America has now turned into a nation known as the Republic of Gilead. The falling reproductive birth rates and chaos of the previous nation has lead to an implication of certain restrictions placed on women. The few women that are able to reproduce, known as handmaids, are assigned to couples in order to bare them children. In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel Handmaid’s Tale, the main character Offred…

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