The Handmaid's Tale

Manipulation of Language in A Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange 12th Grade


Manipulation of Language in A Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange


Subject: English Category 1

Research Question: How do Anthony Burgess and Margaret Atwood’s manipulate language in order to communicate the respective messages of A Clockwork Orange and The Handmaid’s Tale?

Session: May 2018

Word Count: 3563


Table of Contents

Introduction................................................... Page 3

Creation of Language................................... Page 4

Language and Society.................................. Page 6

Language and Identity.................................. Page 8

Language, Sex, and Control........................ Page 10

Conclusion................................................... Page 12

Introduction


While reading the two works, The Handmaid’s Tale and A Clockwork Orange, I was fascinated by the manner in which their two authors, Margaret Atwood and Anthony Burgess, manipulated language to create completely immersive dystopian societies. I have chosen to explore language in these two works as their respective uses of language have played a large role in making me, as a reader, feel like I was right there in the novel. The impact that the language had on me as a reader made me...

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