The Handmaid's Tale

Atwood's use of Language

Trying to write an essay on Atwood's use of language, mentioned: neologisms, inversed connatations, idioms, and field specific vocab Is there anything else to write bout?

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A great use of neologisms are the names used throughout the novel. The main character is known as Offred, which you eventually realize stands for Of Fred - an example of how the names of the various women have been replaced by new words that represent the men who now "own" them.