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The Loons by Margaret Laurence

- "The Loons" by Margaret Laurence In the short story "The Loons", Margaret Laurence writes the story of Piquette Tonnerre. A half-Indian girl who grows up under harsh circumstances in a society that suppresses half-breeds. The story is told through another girl, Vanessa, who comes in contact with Piquette through her father. As the title suggests the story also includes a special type of birds, the loons, and we can see an obvious comparison between the loons and Piquette....   [tags: Laurence Loons Essays]

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The Loons By Margaret Laurence

- Jessica Cribb Mrs. Keatings ENG3UO-E December. 3rd, 2014 The Loons Margaret Laurence is one of many Canadian authors who incorporate real life events into her stories. The Loons, written by Margaret Laurence, deals with the theme that people have trouble with themselves, who they are, and who they want to be. Jean Margaret (Peggy) Wemyss (before she got married), was only four years old when her mother, Verna Jean passed away. This unfortunate event not only affected her, but her family too. A few years later Margaret’s father, Robert Wemyss, got remarried to her deceased mother’s sister, Margaret Campbell Simpson....   [tags: Family, Mother, Marriage, University of Winnipeg]

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Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House

- Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House differentiates itself from the four other novels that make up the 'Manawaka series' that has helped establish her as an icon of Canadian literature. It does not present a single story; instead, it is a compilation of eight well-crafted short stories (written between the years 1962 and 1970) that intertwine and combine into a single narrative, working as a whole without losing the essential independence of the parts....   [tags: Laurence A Bird in the House Essays]

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Tell-Tale Titles Of Margaret Laurence's A Bird In The House

- Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House is a collection of short stories that is rich in symbols and similes. Descriptions like "claw hand", "flyaway manner" and "hair bound grotesquely like white-fingered wings" are found abundantly in the writer's novel. The Oxford English Dictionary defines symbols as, "something that stands for, represents, or denotes something else (not by exact resemblance, but by vague suggestion, or by some accidental or conventional relation)" (reference). Yet, there is nothing coincidental about Margaret Laurence's diction and her usage of symbols in "A Bird in the House" and "The Mask of the Bear"....   [tags: Margaret Laurence]

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Margaret Laurence 's The Stone Angel : Hagar 's Emotional Development

- The Power of Emotions in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel: Hagar’s Emotional Development Some people decide to hide their true feelings on the inside and refuse to allow others to see them express emotions. People can later notice that hiding emotions can have a negative impacts on them. The character Hagar in Margaret Laurence’s The Stone Angel, is someone who keeps her feelings to herself; not allowing others to see how she truly feels or responds in emotional situations. For most of Hagar’s life she holds her feelings to herself, even at times such as the death of her loved ones....   [tags: Emotion, Feeling, Margaret Laurence, Family]

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The Symbolism of the Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- The Symbolism of the Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence Margaret Laurence's novel, The Stone Angel is a compelling journey of flashbacks seen through the eyes of Hagar Shipley, a ninety year-old woman nearing the end of her life.  In the novel, Margaret Laurence, uses the stone angel to effectively symbolize fictional characters.   The term symbolism in its broadest sense means the use of an object to stand for something other than itself.  In The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence uses the stone angel to sybmolize the Currie family values and pride and in particular, the pride and cold personality traits of Hagar Shipley.  There are three primary areas where the stone angel is used to symbo...   [tags: Stone Angel Margaret Laurence Essays]

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Use of Water in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel

- Water can symbolize many things throughout the novel. Whether it is in Manawaka, the Pacific Coast or Shadow point, what is constantly recognized in the number of times water is used. If one were to closely examine these situations, they would soon discover it's symbolic importance. In the novel The Stone Angel, water is presented in the many fluctuations, in Hagar's life. Hagar goes through many stages in her life, where water is represented but without it being physically present. Without the imagery of water, the story would be less effective and meaningful for the reader....   [tags: Margaret Laurence]

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The pilgrimage of women in Laurence's The Diviners

- Feminism as defined in the feminist Dictionary (1985) is a "movement seeking the recognition of the world upon a basis of sex equality and all human relations," a movement which would reject every differentiation between individuals upon the ground of sex, would abolish all sex privileges and sex burdens and would strive up to the recognition of the common humanity as the foundation of law and custom. Feminist literature is a canonical text, which portrays the sufferings of women, insists on the need for protecting their rights and suggests means on their emancipation....   [tags: Margaret Laurence Feminist Literature]

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A Bird in the House by Margaret Laurence

- In A Bird in the House, Margaret Laurence is able to incorporate many themes and motifs into her stories such as, war, tragedy, religion, and faith. Another theme that is also shown throughout the book is identity, both national and individual identity. National identity is defined as “ a sense of a nation as a cohesive whole, as represented by distinctive traditions, culture, etc.” (“national identity”), while individual identity is what makes a person unique, it is what a person believes, thinks and feels....   [tags: war, tragedy, religion]

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A Bird Of The House By Margaret Laurence

- In the novel A Bird In The House, Margaret Laurence illustrates the theme of physical entrapment. All of the characters in the novel feel the need to escape their personal situations. In fact, the title is a symbol of entrapment because of the bird that is trapped in the house and it is also trying to get out. From my background knowledge, the bird usually portrays an image of bad luck that follow afterwards and in this novel, that is the beginning of all the bad events that occur in the remaining of the novel....   [tags: Emotion, Family, Illness, Novel]

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The Development Of Escape By Margaret Laurence

- ... However, by the end of the chapter when Vanessa is older, she extends the courage and vigor in herself as an inheritance from Grandfather Connor: Many years later, when Manawaka was far away from me, in miles and in time, I saw one day in a museum the Bear Mask of the Haida Indians. It was a weird mask. The features were ugly yet powerful. The mouth was turned down in an expression of sullen rage. The eyes were empty caverns, revealing nothing. Yet as I looked, they seemed to draw my own eyes towards them, until I imagined I could see somewhere within that darkness a look which I knew, a lurking bewilderment....   [tags: Family, Grandparent, English-language films]

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Horses Of The Night By Margaret Laurence

- ... Since there is no high schools at Shallow Creek and as Chris’s dream of becoming a civil engineer, these two facts push him to seek for new opportunities in Manawaka. Though he is still undertaking various inconveniences and hopelessness while he studies in Manawaka, such as Grandfather Connor’s disdain sights toward him and lacking of financial support, he acts indifferently to respond to Grandfather Connor’s attitudes and speaks out his “great expectations” with assurance, as if his future of going to college and becoming an engineer is a matter of course....   [tags: Mind, Perception, Great Depression, Understanding]

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Horses Of The Night By Margaret Laurence

- ... However, he failed since the Depression was taking place this time which everyone struggles in making money and finding decent jobs. Because of his inability to earn money, it led him to his depression. In order to cope with this kind of problem,Chris creates an alternative reality which he thinks is the best solution to patch up the obstacles he was facing. When Chris arrived at Manawaka, Manitoba, Chris received some distasteful words from his grandfather named Timothy Connor against his family regarding their poorness....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, A Story]

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The Diviners by Margaret Laurence

- Literature is a cultural construct and provides us with valuable insights into the development of Societies. It helps psychological understanding and reformations of espistemological constructs. Literature in itself is a rich source material for interpreting the past. Women’s writings focus attention on the manifestation of female sensibility, feminine reality and on its significance as a means of bringing about an awareness of this reality. Feminism being an important movement in the modern world, a woman’s place, position and especially the quest for her identity and importance, are not duly recognized....   [tags: literature, women]

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The Diviners by by Margret Laurence

- As we continue with our life journey, we find the past typically integrates with the present. In the novel "The Diviners" by Margret Laurence, the protagonist, Morag, ventures through her journey of self-discovery. Throughout her pilgrimage, Morag's conflicts with herself and society as a whole bring out the fundamental principle of her character: her perseverance. Although there were other external factors that had an effect, Morag's unconquerable will was built primarily by her experiences in her childhood, adulthood, and ancestral past....   [tags: morag, childhood experiences]

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The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence is a heart-warming story of a ninety year old woman who is nearing death and who has very little to look back on with pride. Her life had been ruled by her concern of outward appearances and manners. Although she often felt love and happiness, she refused to show it fearing it may be viewed by others as a weakness. Hagar inherited this strong pride from her father, Jason Currie, along with other poor qualities....   [tags: Papers]

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Short Story, By Margaret Laurence, The Narrator, And My Father

- ... When he refuses to obey to his mother’s order by saying, “I’d rather not” (97), his mother insists with her quiet but balminess voice: “I think you should” (97). At this point Ewen is pressured by his mother to name his child after Roderick because he feels guilty of what happened to his brother. My father knew how to control my mother by manipulation in the same way as Vanessa’s grandmother controls her family by manipulation. Growing up, I witnessed that my father also controlled everyone in the family, especially my mother....   [tags: Family, Mother, Marriage, Judgment]

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Margaret Laurence

- Margaret Laurence: A Bird in the House-Research Paper On July 18, 1926, Margaret Laurence was born to Scottish father, Robert Wemyss, and Irish mother Verna Simpson Wemyss. They lived in Mrs. Wemyss' hometown of Neewapa, Manitoba, until Margaret's move to Winnipeg in 1944. Margaret was but 4 years old when her mother died of a kidney infection. It was at this point that her aunt came to care for her and later marry her father. They were shortly thereafter moved into Margaret's grandfathers home....   [tags: World Literature, A Bird in the House]

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Margaret Laurence

- Jean Margaret (Peggy) Wemyss was born in Neepewa, Manitoba on July 18, 1926 to Robert Harrison Wemyss, a lawyer, and Verna Jean, nee Simpson. Margaret’s mother died when she was only four and her father later married her sister, Margaret Cambell Simpson, a teacher and later a librarian. She was throughout the years one of Margaret’s "greatest encouragers." After her father’s death, when she was nine and her brother still a baby, the family went to live with Grandfather Simpson in his big brick house on first avenue....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbolism in The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- Symbolism in The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence A symbol is a literary device used by the author to portray an idea to the reader. In Margaret Laurence's, The Stone Angel, the stone angel is a symbol used to heighten the reader's understanding of the characteristics of Hagar Shipley. First, the stone angel is used to show Hagar's pride in the Currie family name. She prizes the stone angel because it is expensive and imported from Italy to honour a mother Hagar never knew. Similarly, the stone angel is symbolic of Hagar's inability to show emotions; like the angel, Hagar is hard and cold....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis Of Laurence Sternes ' Tristam Shandy '

- Laurence Sternes’ “Tristam Shandy”, specifically volume 1 ch: 12, holds patronage to sentimentality through a compilation of juxtaposing emotions that are exchanged between the two characters Yorick, and Eugenius. This exchange moving towards the climatic moment in the chapter where Parson Yorick’s is murdered by the ambiguous debtors who desired revenge for his sallies. However, the chapter in entirety is expressed in a particular manner. Since the time-span of the chapter itself is short, and spontaneous....   [tags: Joke, Laughter, Laurence Sterne, Debt]

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One of Canada's Greatest Authors, Margaret Laurence

- The Early Years: The Beginnings of a Writer Sunday, July 18th 1926, at 7:30pm at the Neepawa General Hospital, one of Canada's greatest authors, Margaret Laurence, was born to proud parents Robert and Verna Wemyss. Verna's father, John Simpson, was a self-made man. Born in 1853 in Middletown Ontario, John attended school, training to be a cabinetmaker. In the 1870's John, with only his change in his pocket, made his way towards Portage la Prairie Manitoba, in an attempt to unite with a cousin who sold clothing there....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Fallen By Robert Laurence Binyon

- ... This symbolises they’re patriotism to their country and their courage as even as they fell they never gave up even as death stared them down. As a result, the imagery in this phrase appeals to the reader’s emotions and makes them proud to be related to the men who fell on the fields. As the poem continues Robert begins to change from heroizing the soldiers to comforting the families that their loved ones are at peace, ‘They have no lot in our labour of the day time; They sleep beyond England’s foam.’ This phrase from lines 3-4 of stanza 5 is designed to comfort the reader as words such as sleep suggest that the fallen are not far away and only have to wake to return....   [tags: World War II, World War I, Laurence Binyon]

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Use of Biblical Imagery in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel

- Use of Biblical Imagery in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel In the novel The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence introduces a character who seems to evolve her life around biblical imagery. Hagar Shipley, a ninety year-old woman, does not accept things easily, like life. Hagar is recognized as a biblical imagery because of her name. "Hagar" is introduced and recognized in the Old Testament as the Egyptian hand-maiden of Sarah, the wife of Abraham. By reason Sarah was unable to provide offsprings for Abraham....   [tags: Stone Angel Essays]

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External Appearances in The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

- External Appearances in The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence It is common in society for individuals to look no further than the external appearance of others. This is also true in many novels, such as The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Margaret Laurence shows this by using imagery. Imagery is employed in the novel to help intensify the significance of important events and circumstances of the novel. Margaret Laurence used flower and water imagery in her novel The Stone Angel to represent Hagar's way of life....   [tags: Papers]

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Frail Males in Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House

- Frail Males in Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House Kristjana Gunnars suggests that “Canada is an unhappy country. No, better still, the Prairies are unhappy. Canadian women are especially unhappy” (Gunnars 122). In Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House, the women are indeed unhappy. In the end, however, it is the women who triumph because of their solidarity. The men, due to their solitary states, are unable to maintain their traditionally powerful roles. In these short stories, the men appear to be the leaders of the household, but the women have the greater but subtler power....   [tags: Bird House]

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Analysis of the Character Hagar in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel

- An Analysis of the Character Hagar in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel The main character in the novel The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence, is a character who possesses incredible depth. Hagar is an old women who has never lost her spirit and free will. Hagar is still being faced with obstacles which she must fight to overcome. Since Hagar is a character who is not perfect, the audience is capable of relating to her. The tragic hero through his struggle and the recognition of his own shortcomings reveal man's essential or potential nobility, and we are ennobled, uplifted by the spectacle....   [tags: Stone Angel Essays]

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The Use of Symbolism in Margaret Laurence's Stone Angel

- The Use of Symbolism in Margaret Laurence's Stone Angel The statue of the stone angel is symbolic of the Currie family pride, Hagar's inability to relate and share her emotions, and the blindness and ignorance that comes from constantly refusing to see things from another point of view other than your own. The Stone angel is symbolic of the Currie family pride because it does not seem to serve it's purpose, which is to honour Hagar's mother who had died giving birth to her. Hagar describes Mrs....   [tags: Stone Angel Essays]

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The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar: We Wear the Mask and When Malindy Sings

- Paul Laurence Dunbar was born in a northern town near Dayton, Ohio on June 27, 1872 (Brawley 12). His parents instilled in him the value of an education, and he excelled at the all-white Dayton Central High-school where he held the titles of class president, the president of the school literary society, and the editor of the school's newspaper (15). Dunbar was extremely well learned; he spoke and wrote in Standard English, but just as often his poetry was written in black dialect. As one of the first professional African American literary figures (Baym 1038), Paul Laurence Dunbar's poetry consists of two distinct styles: his dialect pieces with the simple rhyme schemes of the ballad lyrical...   [tags: Paul Laurence Dunbar Poetry]

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Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell

- What is the title?: Gone with the Wind, an American classical novel and film detailing the love affair between an emotionally manipulative woman and a playfully mischievous man. Who is the author?: Margaret Mitchell, an American author who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937 after publishing Gone with the Wind. What type of work is Gone with the Wind?: A novel that was later depicted in a motion picture. What is the genre?: Romance, historical fiction, and bildungsroman, or a storyline that carefully depicts the main character's maturation....   [tags: Margaret Mitchell, Analysis]

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The Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood

- It seems that more often when a group of people or a nation encounters calamity, some great “act of God,” or even just change, collectively, we begin to seek answers from a higher power. We tend to either blame or seek solace in this higher power or we seek what it is we can change to please this higher power. Without realizing we begin to adjust laws, limit freedoms, and become despotic fascist, all in the name of God. This fear of conforming and reverting back to the “dark ages,” constraining women to “know their role or place” is what seems to have driven Margaret Atwood to write her satirical novel “The Handmaids Tale.” “The Handmaids Tale,” written by Margaret Atwood is a futuristic no...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Comparing the Bible and Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel: An Examination of Archetypal Referenc

- Comparing the Bible and Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel: An Examination of Archetypal References Often times great novels and plays allude to religion, to mythology, or to other literary works for dramatic purposes. Shakespearean plays are perfect examples. Allusions help the reader or spectator better understand, through visualization, a character or an event in a novel. In some cases, the characters, the events, or a series of events are structured according to the people and the action in other stories, whether the stories be religious, mythological, classical, or historical....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... The Commander and Offred are never supposed to talk or even be in the same room together unless it is when the Ceremony is; even then she is not really alone with him. In the book Offred is walking around the halls when everyone is suppose to be sleeping. Offred thinks to herself "I want to steal something" (Atwood, pg. 97) while lying in bed. When she is out looking for something to take, Nick comes up behind her and says "He wants to see you. In his office" (Atwood, pg. 99). This is another important section in the story, because Margaret is showing that Offred is trying to rebel again....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Every human being needs certain rights to survive. There are the fundamental ones; food, water, air, shelter, but there are also other ones that are equally important to survive: love, communication, compassion, freedom. In many dystopian societies one of these fundamental needs are missing because the society is afraid that they will break the control that they have over the people. In the novel The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood the society is no different. Narrated by a woman named Offred who once was happy who had a family and a job, she shows the reader that to keep people quiet the society takes away people 's freedom, their ability to choose, their ability to be with and talk to...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, explores the concept of a dystopian totalitarian Christian theocracy, the Republic of Gilead, that overthrows the United States government at an unspecified point in the near future. Gilead enforces a highly controlled patriarchal and militaristic society based on fundamentalist biblical principles. This new order is necessitated by widespread infertility caused by toxic pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as many women ceasing to want children....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Attwood

- ... It is apparent that in this society the Handmaid’s are forced or deceived into contributing to the domineering tendencies of the new government, as demonstrated by the presence of brainwashing Aunts. Most women in the new society experience very little freedom due to the fact that they are essentially owned by their male commanders. They are expected to wait hand and foot, and submit to their will. This is loosely based on the framework of a Biblical precedent from thousands of years ago. In regards to the Handmaids, their very names are merely devices used to denote to whom they belong; broken into their component parts....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- In Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale, society is meant to have overcome the sinful tendencies of modern culture. People who would rebel against the new status quo are broken through torture and conditioning. The character Moira acts as a symbol of the main characters, Offred 's, hope and need for rebelliousness. The perceived loss of this hope causes Offred to begin a spiral of indifference which leads her to cling to Nick as a replacement and a way to find meaning in an extra meaningless life....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- The Handmaid 's tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. The novel takes place in the not too distant future where because of disease and war the government of the United States is replaced by a new theocratic society called Republic of Gilead. The new government which is established uses the bible as a base. The bible is also used as a justification system to all the new laws and also to justify what is moral. In theory, you would expect a perfect society if religion was used to rule, however Atwood shows the reader many reasons why that would may not be true....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Maiden in Distress Freedom. Everybody desires it, but not everyone has it. In third world countries, many people fall victim to slavery and many more do not have the freedom to seek what they want. In "The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood the main character, Offred, struggles to find freedom in her prison like home called the Red Center, her uniform chains her to the life given to her, and she carries a hope that she will one day escape the Red Center. Offred is a handmaid that lives in the Red Center, a building in which the handmaids, the marthas, the aunts, the housewife, and the commander live in....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- “[W]e are not slaves in name, and cannot be carried to market and sold as somebody else 's legal chattels, we are free only within narrow limits. For all our talk about liberation and personal autonomy, there are few choices that we are free to make” (Berry). In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood the protagonist Offred lives through a changing of society, in which is described by Aunt Lydia in the new society as the difference of freedom to and freedom from. The complexities of freedom are examined through social norms, relationships, and safety in society....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... Throughout the beginning chapters of the novel, Offred talks about the various uniforms worn by the people of Gilead, from the Handmaids red attire to the stripped dressings of the Econowives. The color of each uniform, such as the blue used for Wives, is a symbol of not only their societal status, but also where they belong. It is through the colors that order is kept, adding bias to a person not based upon merit, but solely by the color of their apparel. This, as well as the loss of identity, proves to be extremely detrimental in a dystopian society as it completely erases the identity of the person, leaving little hope for future individuality altogether if something is not soon accom...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... The narrator is a handmaid so she had to wear red. Red can represent love and passion even power. In this case the color red for the handmaids is merely represented as fertility. The main character didn’t quite like the idea of the dress code. Powerless and without a say in the way she should dress she thought red was not as bad for her color skin. The handmaids were deprived from all human communication and individualism. On page 22 she says: “ I enjoy the power; power of a dog bone, passive but there”(Atwood, 22)....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... Once the Gilead regime has control of the country they also take control of not just sexual reproduction but the act of sex itself. Sex in this novel is represented as something one does purely for the result of creating a child. This contrasts starkly with the time before when Ofwarren would secretly meet up with the man who would later become her husband to have sex in hotel rooms. The luxury of sex for pleasure has been taken away by the regime as procreation is thought of as the number one most important thing so women who are fertile are solely used for that purpose....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... I don’t want him to know too much”(Atwood 185). Offred is at the mercy of the Commander and knows that if she gives away too much about herself then she will lose a part of who she is and the little power she has over him. However insignificant, the power of one gender over the other is shifting in Offred’s favor. At this point in the novel, Offred realizes the Commander’s yearning for intimacy. She also notices his struggle to create that intimacy with her. Consequently, this realization turns into an objective....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

- Immigrants' lives become very difficult when they move to a new country. They are often discriminated against due to their race and/ or nationality. This problem occurs many times throughout Dragonwings, a book by Laurence Yep. In his book, the Chinese characters who immigrate to America face many challenges in their new lives. They are thought of as inferior, have to endure many hardships, and become lonely due to the fact that they must leave the majority of their families in China. In this book, the immigrants face multiple difficulties and challenges in the new world they know as the Land of the Golden Mountain....   [tags: Laurence Yep Dragonwings Immigration Book Review]

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Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

- In a world dominated by religion it was thought that the only place where perfection existed was within God. In some cases, for instance the ontological argument, it was the proof to his existence. But in a modern world the concept of perfection has been distorted and comes with an abundance of seemingly negative consequences, ultimately putting into question whether or not perfection is even possible. In Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake the concept of perfection is constantly challenged in a world run by corporations who are trying to package human perfection and profit from it....   [tags: oryx and crake, margaret atwood ]

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The Handmaid 's Tale, By Margaret Atwood

- ... It’s part of the procreational strategy. It’s Nature’s plan.” According to Commander Fred, men need to sleep around because it’s in the interest of the human race. This illustrates the propaganda that was delivered to suit the patriarchal regime to justify the sexual inequality, injustice and misuse of spirituality or morality to generate control within their society. Similar to Atwood, Dawe was opposed to the dehumanising process of wars, and dominating people that removed knowledge within society as reflected by his poem ‘Weapons Training’....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Morality]

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Racism in Literature

- Literature Analysis Most literature authors write stories on different genres like poems, stories, and plays. These works are written using a variety of elements of literature for instance setting, themes, conflict, and characters. The following essay discusses the element of racism as a theme in Margaret Laurence’s short story “The Loons,” Langston Hughes’ poem, I Too, Sing America, and W.E.B Du Bois’ book, “The Souls of Black Folk.” “The Loons” is a short story that was done by Margaret Laurence together with other stories in the sequence “A bird in the House” and was published in 1970....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Misogyny Of The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Flawless Flawed Women; The Internalized Misogyny in The Handmaid’s Tale Women, are socialized to internalize a hatred of femininity and espouse the belief that they “aren’t like other girls” to separate ourselves from the generalizations. Phrases like “Women are catty” “Women constantly gossip, and are shallow” “Boys have less drama” homogenize the entire female gender down to a few negative stereotypes. When women perpetuate sexist stereotypes it is called internalized misogyny. Women are guilty of perpetuating misogyny as often as men....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Marriage is not a Game as Seen in Margaret Atwood's Habitation

- Margaret Atwood is a Canadian novelist and poet whose writing usually treats contemporary issues, such as feminism, sexual politics, and the intrusive nature of mass society. While she is best known for her works as a novelist, her poetry is also noteworthy. One of her notable poems, “Habitation,” discusses the seriousness of marriage. The speaker basically gives a message that the marriage is not a game or a play; rather, it is a serious, unstable condition that calls for a lot of effort and attention to maintain harmony....   [tags: Margaret Atwood, poems, Habitation, ]

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Censorship Of The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... According to the King James ' Bible, it says "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth...Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy"(King James Bible, Psalm 1:1-6; Luke 6:20-23). This portrays how after many years of brainwashing Handmaid 's, Gilead censors the information they give to the citizens in order for them to follow their laws, and conform to every rule the government system has set. In additions, if the Handmaid 's know the rest of the verses from the Bible, or be reminded of them, they would go against the laws of Gilead, and they would try to escape the grotesque society....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Ryan Lee 11-21-14 AP Literature Period 7 The Handmaids Tale Essay Whether women are equal to men or not this is an ongoing topic that brings to light many different opinions. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, is a fictional yet plausible story that Atwood uses to warn us of the possibility of our society changing into her dystopian fantasy. To convey her argument, Atwood uses the point of view of a women named Offred to demonstrate the morals and struggles of women in this male-dominated society known as Gilead....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale provides a look into a dystopian world of complete male dominance. Women have been entirely denied of their basic needs, and are no longer able to live as individuals. For decades preceding the creation of Gilead, women were regarded as subordinate to men. These inequalities often led women to believe they were inferior and lacked the knowledge and power men seemed to display. They were not granted access to voting rights, equal wages, or job opportunities. As the years progressed, women fought for equal rights; however, these accomplishments were soon revoked with the transition of the United States, into a totalitarian region known as The Republic of G...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- If this were to be a world similar to that of Offred’s in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, then this very essay would never even exist. This would be a world in which a woman would certainly not be allowed to sit at a computer and type out her thoughts. Writing, speaking, singing; these are all ways a woman, or any other person, can communicate their own feelings. However, being able to communicate one’s thoughts is not a privilege women can enjoy in Gilead. Women are allowed neither to read nor write, and even their everyday speech must be restrained....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Many texts that were published from different authors have introduced topics that can be related in today’s society, but Margaret Atwood’s creation called, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, gives voice to the thoughts and revolves around the narrator Offred, a woman whose rights have been deprived due to political issues. However, the information shared by Offred to the reader to the text is not reliable for the reason that she only touches upon her own perspective. Through the text, Atwood depicted what the United States of America would be in the future based on the actions of humanity during 1980’s....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... This is important because it leads to Offred’s affair with him later in the story. Offred finally agrees and this begins her arrangement, and later affair, with Nick. In appreciation of Offred’s cooperation, Serena Joy offers Offred a picture of her daughter in return. Offred realizes that Serena Joy has had this picture for a while and planned to use it for her personal gain. Offred’s former feelings about Serena Joy’s character return. She sees her as a power hungry, selfish woman once more....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... Offred describes the various specific outfits of each kind of woman. For the handmaids, “Everything except the wings around my face is red: the color of blood, which defines us. The skirt is ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke that extends over the breasts, the sleeves are full. The white wings too are prescribed issue; they are to keep us from seeing, but also from being seen” (Atwood 8). Her impression of her garb shows how rigid the rules around wardrobe are. It is an interesting paradox that the wings frame her face but she is not to be seen so in addition, she wears a veil over her face....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... Housemaids are made to wear all red besides their nun like white wings that work as blinders. The red represents passion and sin that can be turned white by the cleansing power of God. Commanders are the patriarchal head of the house who have a duty to father children either by their Wife or a Handmaid if needed. “Not every Commander has a handmaid; some of their Wives have children. From each, says the slogan, according to her ability; to each according to his needs… It was from the Bible, or so they said....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Language of the Black Condition and All Conditions: Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “We Wear the Mask”

- Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear The Mask” cleverly talks of the black condition in a language so universal that it could apply to any race of people that tries to hide their emotions from the world in order to survive. Dunbar argues for the reality of the black man’s plight in America, the black man's struggle for equality in the world, and the struggle for peace within. These are circumstances of the poet’s life that influenced his writing of the poem. PARAGRAPH 2: Background information on your author or document....   [tags: Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask, ]

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The 's Tale By Margaret Atwood And Never Let Me Go By Kazuo Ishiguro

- ... As a woman, she wants to be seen as a feminine person like she should be. However, in the society of Gilead, the Handmaids and their bodies are only used for reproduction through the act of sex, which makes Offred not want to look at herself because she does not want to be only determined by her body. Offred desperately craves love/intimacy. She does get to participate in the act of sex during the Ceremony, but sex for her is without emotion, and that’s what she truly wants. “But this is wrong, nobody dies from lack of sex....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Colonialism in Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

- Colonialism in Margaret Atwood's 'Surfacing' Margaret Atwood's novel 'Surfacing' demonstrates the complex question of identity for an English-speaking Canadian female. Identity, for the protagonist has become problematic because of her role as a victim of colonial forces. She has been colonized by men in the patriarchal society in which she grew up, by Americans and their cultural imperialism, or neo-colonialism as it has come to be known as, and the Euro-centric legacy that remains in her country although the physical presence of English and French rulers have gone....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Surfacing]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- I Tell, Therefore I Am In Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, women are subjected to unthinkable oppression. Practically every aspect of their life is controlled, and they are taught to believe that their only purpose is to bear children for their commander. These “handmaids” are not allowed to read, write or speak freely. Any type of expression would be dangerous to the order of the Gilead’s strict society. They are conditioned to believe that they are safer in this new society. Women are supposedly no longer exploited or disrespected (pornography, rape, etc.) as they once were....   [tags: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale]

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Relationships and Religion in "The Handmaids Tale" by Margaret Atwood

- In the novel The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood the themes of Religion and inter-human relationships are the themes that are most evident in the text. This novel shows the possibility of the existence of an all-powerful governing system. This is portrayed through the lack of freedom for women in society, from being revoked of their right to own any money or property, to being stripped of their given names and acquiring names such as Offred and Ofglen, symbolizing women’s dependant existence, only being defined by the men which they belong to....   [tags: Handmaids Tale, Margaret Atwood, relationships, re]

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Analysis Of ' Cat 's Eye ' By Margaret Atwood

- ... Moreover, A Mother is commonly known for her vital role in providing nurture and support for her child. Elaine’s mother is unable to express this aspect towards her daughter when it comes to the incident that happened with her friends. This is revealed when she states, “you have to learn to stand up for yourself, don’t let them push you around. Don’t be spineless. You have to have more backbone.” (431). The mother’s lack of support and harsh tone towards Elaine in one of her weakest moments, leads her to think that her mother is betraying her....   [tags: Mary, Blessed Virgin Mary, Margaret Atwood]

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Loons

- "The Loons" Piquette Tonnerre was daughter of Lazarus. She had long black hair and her broad coarse-featured face bore on expression Piqutte was thirteen years old. She was older than Vanessa, but they were together in the same grade. Piquette failed several grades, because her attendance had always been sporadic and her interest in schoolwork was negligible. She missed a lot of school because she had tuberculosis of the bone, and had once spent months in hospital Piquette's voice was hoarse and she was limping when she was walking....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tragic Life of Hagar Depicted in Margaret Lawrence's The Stone Angel

- In the novel, The Stone Angel, by Margaret Lawrence, the author constructs the main character, Hagar, with a deep, unique personality. The journey through Hagar’s life begins in a cemetery in the summer where the blossoms hanged, the disrespectful wind blew, and once and a while, the scent of the cowslips would rise. The flowers and graveyard seem to act as a parallel between the good and bad events of Hagar’s life. Margaret Lawrence describes the struggles and obstacles this tragic hero has to face through the mistakes of the past and the problems of the present....   [tags: The Stone Angel]

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Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood

- Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood "Rape Fantasies" is written by Margaret Atwood in 1977. Basically this short story is about the narrator, named Estelle, recalling a conversation of several women during their lunch hour. It starts with one of Estelle's co-workers, asking the question 'How about it, girls, do you have rape fantasies?'(pg 72) The story goes on with each woman telling their supposed 'rape fantasy' to one another. As each is telling their fantasy, Estelle is doing her best to try to deflect the situation by making jokes about their fantasies....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Rape Fantasies Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Love of God replaces love of humanity in Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred’s recollections of her past life, especially of her husband, are ones filled with passion and happiness as she remembers his tenderness towards her. Much more emphasis is put on the physical human form in her memories; she often remembers lying with her husband while she wears little or no clothing. Appreciation of the human form is an essential component of loving humanity....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Chapter nine opening section two of the novel is mainly recalling the last chapters and about the narrator rediscovering herself, surfacing the truth. In section one we see the narrator talking in the present tense in a very descriptive form, outlining the novel. However in section two we see her talking in the past tense demonstrating the stories she is telling. The separation between the human and the natural world and the narrator’s struggle with language most directly portrays the novel's dualities....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's Surfacing

- Margaret Atwood's 'Surfacing' Throughout the book the narrator constantly intertwines the past and present as though it is side by side. Atwood shows this in the opening sentence ‘’I can’t believe I’m on this road again’’. The use of the adjective ‘again’ reveals the narrator has been in this place in an earlier life. The narrator seems to repress a lot of her past and continuously contradicts herself, which at times confuses the reader as we can not tell whether she is talking about her past or her present and whether she regards it as home as she says ‘’Now were on home ground foreign territory’’....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Surfacing Essays]

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Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller

- Woman in the Nineteenth Century, by Margaret Fuller In her essay, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, Margaret Fuller discusses the state of marriage in America during the 1800‘s. She is a victim of her own knowledge, and is literally considered ugly because of her wisdom. She feels that if certain stereotypes can be broken down, women can have the respect of men intellectually, physically, and emotionally. She explains why some of the inequalities exist in marriages around her. Fuller feels that once women are accepted as equals, men and women will be able achieve a true love not yet known to the people of the world....   [tags: Woman in the Nineteenth Century Margaret Fuller]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margret Atwood

- In Margret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale a woman named Offred shares her experience in the Republic of Gilead as a housemaid. As the story begins, we find that the regime strategically encroaches the rights of women, independence and seizes anything they thought to be pleasurable deeming it contraband. This includes clothing, literature especially old magazines, and cosmetics. Offred, remembers a time when she was married to her husband Luke with a job and having her own financial backing. However one day it all changes when she get fired from her job and when she tries to go to the bank they won’t allow her to get her money out....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Bible]

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Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace

- Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace Alias Grace is the most recent novel by Margaret Atwood, Canada’s most prominent modern novelist. The novel is, as Atwood writes in her afterword, ‘a work of fiction, although it is based on reality’(538) centred on the case of Victorian Canada’s most celebrated murderess, Grace Marks, an immigrant Irish servant girl. The manner in which Atwood imaginatively reconfigures historical fact in order to create a subversive text which ‘writes back’ to both the journals of a Canadian literary ancestor, and to Canada’s nineteenth century self -image, illustrates what critic Linda Hutcheon has called ‘the use of irony as a powerful subversive rule in the rethinking and...   [tags: Margaret Atwood Alias Grace Essays]

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The Manipulative Sirens and Their Victims in Margaret Atwood's Siren Song

- The Manipulative Sirens and Their Victims in Margaret Atwood's Siren Song In Homer's Odyssey, the Sirens are mythical creatures whose enchanting voices lure sailors to their deaths. These women have fascinated people ever since Homer sung the lines of his epic, inspiring artists of many genres from oil paintings to films. In her poem "Siren Song," Margaret Atwood re-envisions the Sirens to draw a comparison between the myths and modern life. Atwood portrays men as victims of "Sirens" (women) by making her readers the victims....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Siren Song Essays]

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Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Imagine if you can, living in a world that tells you what you are to wear, where to live, as well as your position and value to society. In Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, she shows us the Republic of Gilead does just that. Offred, the main character, is a Handmaid, whose usefulness is her ovaries. Handmaids are ordered to live in a house with a Commander, his wife, and once a month attempt to become pregnant by the Commander....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Atwood Margaret Essays]

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Society in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “Atwood’s feminism is an integral part of her critical approach, just as her concept of criticism is inseparable from her creative work” Walter Pache (1). A dystopia is a fictional society, usually existing in a future time period, in which the condition of life is extremely difficult due to deprivation, oppression or terror. In most dystopian fiction, a corrupt government creates or sustains the poor quality of life, often conditioning the masses to believe the society is proper and just, even perfect....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Essays]

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Intertwined Themes of Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls

- The Intertwined Themes of Margaret Atwood's Dancing Girls     Dancing Girls is a collection of Margaret Atwood's short stories. Each story captures a different aspect of society, different people of different ages, culture and status, with different attitudes, emotions and behavior; all in different locations and life circumstances. Yet there are many connections between the stories and these links are primarily found in Atwood's portrayal of women. As Atwood says: By and large my novel's center on women...None of them are about miners in the mines, seamen on the sea, convicts in the jail, the boys in the backroom, the locker rooms at the football game…How come....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Dancing Girls Essays]

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An Artist in her Way: Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen

- Representations of the Woman Artist in Margaret Oliphant's Kirsteen Margaret Oliphant (1828-97) was a prolific writer. She published almost 100 novels as well as biographies, art criticism, travel writing, historical sketches, and over two hundred articlesfor periodicals like Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine andThe Cornhill Magazine, yet her ambivalence about representing herself as a serious artist in her Autobiography provides Oliphant aficionados with grist for speculation and conjecture: did Oliphant even think of herself as an artist....   [tags: Margaret Oliphant Kirsteen Essays]

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The United States as a Dystopian society in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale

- In the Days of Anarchy To live in a country such as the United States of America is considered a privilege. The liberties that American citizens are entitled to, as declared in the Constitution, makes the United States an attractive and envied democracy. It would be improbable to imagine these liberties being stripped from American society. However, Margaret Atwood depicts the United States as a dystopian society in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The first society is modern America, with its autonomy and liberal customs....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale]

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Margaret Wise Brown's The Making of Goodnight Moon

- Margaret Wise Brown's The Making of Goodnight Moon The numerous books that Margaret Wise Brown wrote during her short career hold a special place in the hearts of children and their parents. Many readers have no understanding of the scrutiny a book goes through before it reaches the printing press, a book's ultimate goal. Even though Brown would publish several books a year, none is more cherished than "the hypnotic, mystery-laden words and joyful pictures of Goodnight Moon" (Marcus, The Making of Goodnight Moon, 3)....   [tags: Margaret Wise Brown Making of Goodnight Moon]

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