In parallel, the screens she paints provide illusion to the way she feels. The introduction of the lemon tree in stanza three gives one clues about her pain.
She aims firstly at the women in history by expressing the horrors of the low social status of women and how they were tortured in war; then she explains that education is what gives women the power to stand up for themselves and fight for freedom and convinces more people to start receiving education.
Atwood convinces the readers to abduct this old view of females and understand the importance of education.
She does this through appalling sensual images, attitude shifts and connotations to the reader and describes a volcano eruption with clear sensory language, making this poem one of the most powerful poem in history.
The shocking impression Atwood uses to portray the tormented women in history is given more strength by the remarkable range of poetic devices and sensual languages she uses, including metaphor, choice of diction and sensual appeals. These devices add power to the poem and its effect on the reader by producing and emphasizing the impression Atwood wanted: Atwood collaborates a wide range of words to express her impression on feminist ideas.
She opens with her daughter trying to learn how to spell.
This child is most likely going to receive education, but she is too young and does not realize that. Just as a few simple letters could also reintegrate to form all the words in English.
Instead of meaning a girl in relation to her parents, it represents the common figure of a women at that time period, which is a housewife.
It can strongly express the feeling of a woman who wants to receive education in a time period of sexism and prejudice. This technique made this extremely easy to visualize, bringing the reader back in time to the darkest ages in history for women. This shocks the reader and subverts masculism and sexist ideologies applied by masculist writers.
Atwood also applies metaphor in this poem. The poet takes us to a scene of a volcano eruption. Atwood uses this to represent the women who tried to express their ideas, but were forced to be silenced forever.
Although human bones, the strongest structure of the body, cannot withstand fire, it is still not the end. Just as it is not the end of a stone when it is melt to magma. After the suffering of high temperature, the stone will become more solid and tough.
Just like human, without going through pain and confronting their weaknesses, there is no meaning or power. Atwood emphasizes her final point in this stanza: One must confront their weaknesses in order to let the body itself able to speak.
The final main approach Atwood uses is the comparison of attitudes between the last and first stanza. It brings the reader back to the word learning process, but not with toys.Atwood has created a truly frightening and feasible alternate reality.
The unfolding of the narrative was also very well paced revealing significant details as if in real time.b It is an impressive novel, I will have to search out some of her other titles as well.
Author, Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Blind Assassin, starts with the death of Laura Chase, who drives her car off a hundred-foot bridge after the end of World War II. The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Margaret Atwood, is a novel set in the near future where societal roles have severely changed.
The most notable change is that concerning women. Whereas, in the past, women have been gaining rights and earning more “freedom to’s”, the women in the society of The Handmaid’s Tale have “freedom froms”. Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction, but is best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman (), The Handmaid’s Tale (), The Robber Bride (), Alias Grace (), and The Blind Assassin, which won the prestigious Booker Prize in Reviews: Margaret Atwood's Power Politics first appeared in , startling its audience with its vital dance of woman and man.
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