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    “A tale as old as time”—that infamous saying which refers to the inevitability of the beautiful falling in love with the beast, the inescapable revelation of seeing that which is good in the grotesque. Though the elements of this tale extend all the way back to the ancient story of Cupid and Psyche, not taking on many of the contemporary and recognizable aspects of the story till the 18th Century with Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's “La Belle et la Bete” which then was shortened and rewritten by Jean-Marie Leprince de Beaumont; the latter version becoming a much more popular and base-line text for future adaptations”(Barchilon 23). The story has been adapted countless times in literature and is most modernly well-known by the 1991 Disney animated adaption. However, not all adaptions agree that the beautiful can commingle with the grotesque. One modern adaptation that obliterates the happy ending of this type of tale is Tim Burton’s 1990 grunge fantasy film, Edward Scissorhands. While the film takes on many of the classical elements of the Beauty and the Beast narrative such as characterization and motifs of compassion and monstrosity, and otherness , it also divests from it, especially in regards to setting, denouement, and moral. When examined in conjunction with De Beaumont’s “Beauty and the Beast” Edward Scissorhands unmistakably takes on the key elements of a fairy tale, but Burton’s divestment from the classic transformation of the beast provides…

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    add to the story or change it in order to make it a completely different story. Each tale brings a different perspective of another tale which demonstrates all the endless possibilities of how many times if could have had been told, which in my opinion it adds more mystery behind the real story. These tales were later engraved in a miniature castle that Colleen Moore creates in the year 1935. Colleen’s Fairy Castle depicts the idea of magic by illustrating different settings from various…

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    Crake is a science fiction developed by Margaret Atwood in 2003. It describes a possible future of human beings associated with the elements of misusing bioengineering science powers, death of literature and post-apocalyptic scenarios. It can be identified as an anti-utopia novel that believes an ostensibly peaceful society with various kinds of uncontrollable evils inside. The stories of this novel unfold with the two-clued structure associated with the interactions among three principal…

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    The Struggle of Women In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the women in Gilead appear to have diminished rights and a limited amount of freedom. These women have lives that resemble a lifestyle similar to the women who lived prior to women’s suffrage, even though this novel takes place in a futuristic time. Some of these women, like Offred, remember the past and long for a time when they can be free again. However, for many of the women, they will never understand what it is…

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    Tale written in 1985 by author Margaret Atwood, Atwood creates a dystopian society where fear along with ignorance and abasement control the people within The Republic of Gilead. With the newly functioning society, the government strikes fear daily into the lives of citizens as a way to prevent something they fear, an uprising. Not only this, but in fear of being over powered by women the government again abases women to…

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    any people overlook the privileges we have today, however, these “rights” can be taken away at any time. This is what happened to the people of the fictional city, Gilead, in “The Handmaids Tale” by Margret Atwood. In this dystopian world we follow Offred as she describes the new totalitarian society. Offred compares the new world to how it was previously in a series of flashbacks, describing the fall of democracy and equality. Over time the rights of the people were taken away, stripping the…

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    Set after the collapse of the United States, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood tells the tale of a woman named Offred living in a totalitarian government. The Republic of Gilead dictates roles based on one’s sex organs and their viability, such as the Commander, Eye, and Handmaid. Through the narration of the Offred, the reader notices that the relationship she forges with the Commander emphasizes her strengths and weaknesses. By analyzing the bond the main character has with the foil,…

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    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a novel with thought-provoking storytelling which allows for powerful ideas and themes to be bred. The story takes place with the overthrowing of the democratic government in the alternative future United States (called Gilead), bringing about a new, totalitarian regime to replace it. The protagonist, Offred, finds herself in an bizarre position as a handmaid trying to survive her new life. In this new society, it is widely agreed among the upper echelon…

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    As a child, a multitude of things are either black or white, and there is no room for further contemplation on the matter. As one progresses in life, they begin to discover grey areas and understand that everything has the capacity to be both good or bad depending on the given circumstances. In Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese, duality is heavily demonstrated in Saul’s life through his experiences with Father Leboutilier and playing with the Moose. This aspect of his life effects Saul both…

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    Maria Ponn Sindhuja. P II MA English Literature PG & Research Department of English Holy Cross College Trichy Use of Mythical Elements in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta and moved to Canada and then to U.S.A. She has written numerous articles. She has two non-fiction books, seven novels, and two short story collections to her credit. Mukherjee lives in America, she not only has practiced the American culture but has imbibed it. She is a diasporic writer, but…

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