Margaret Atwood Essays

12th Grade

The Handmaid's Tale

“There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth” (Twain, 3). When a novel is told in first person perspective, as evident in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Handmaid’s Tale, the knowledge of the reader is restricted...

12th Grade

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood uses language to help the reader understand the oppression and power relationships within Gilead. The new vocabulary used within Gilead, is both used to instill religious indoctrination into citizens and also establish hierarchy...

12th Grade

The Handmaid's Tale

In a society of declining birth rates and morals, the people of Gilead turn to religion as a solution to their turmoil. They seek rescue in the biblical story of Rachel and Leah, and are inspired to create a society of patriarchal hierarchies to...

The Handmaid's Tale

When the general public studies and analyzes fiction, the plot, exposition of characters, climax, and resolution seemingly serve as the "critical" elements highlighted in its evaluation. Provocative literature, however, employs several less...

The Handmaid's Tale

Camus wrote that “the world is ugly and cruel, but it is only by adding to that ugliness and cruelty that we sin most gravely”.

Dystopian novels can be both a mirror and a magnifying glass, reflecting our world and exaggerating aspects of it to...

12th Grade

The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood and Orwell’s differing assessments of masculinity are largely due to their differing narrative voices. Through the eyes of Offred, Atwood constructs a pointed feminist critique of masculinity as a nymphomaniacal and tyrannical animal that...

11th Grade

The Handmaid's Tale

Kindness, when given out, is habitually expected to be returned. More often than not it is seen that kindness, in fact, is given so that something else of value may be returned. Kindness is often exchanged for similar invaluable things like...