Posted at 10.27.2018
While I had been reading The Handmaid story I noticed that Offred was the Quester. Through the entire book Offred traces her heroine's attempts to endure and tolerate her problem world of the Gilead population. Although she does not succeed if you ask me she actually is an heroine.
A location to go for her would be, at first, Canada. It appears to be where Offred will, but suddenly she's been caught and forced to return to the Gilead. So her second spot to go would be to the underground movement.
A mentioned reason to visit Canada is to escape from the dictatorial life in Gilead. Her reason to visit the Gilead is to be trained in the Red Centre on her behalf new role as Handmaid inside the Republic of Gilead.
Her task and studies would be breaking a few of the guidelines from the Gilead Republic. Although she is forced to work as a Handmaid and are in intimate oppression, she still fights against the system in the tiny ways that she can, for example her affair with Nick.
The real reason to visit is providing her co-handmaids anticipation and encouraging these to be strong. Since many Handmaids do not reach the point where Offred came up, (surviving instead of suicide; resisting instead of agreeing to).
The end of the novel is very ambiguous, I got left pondering on the question if, after all, death would have been better for her or not. Was she was finally rescued and reunited with her little girl? The fact that the ending is optimistic increases the greatness of the reserve.
Novel: The Handmaid Story by Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood uses the colours of the clothes to symbolises the social status of every character in the novel. For some reason, all colorings are related to the oppression, control and privileges in the Republic.
Starting with the red coloring, which is the most predominant. All Handmaids wear red, as this coloring symbolizes primarily their position as fertile women, and the blood vessels of their menstruation and child delivery. But in the novel red also advises sufferers, death (executions) and prohibitions; the Handmaid's experienced all kind of prohibitions like there were prohibited to work or even to read. At one point Offred even says the next:
"(. . . )Everything except the wings around my face is red: the colour of blood vessels, which identifies us()"
The wives wore blue clothes, ironically red and blue are opponents colours this color denotes their position as an excellent member of the aristocracy. On the other hand, it also advises the hostility between your commander's partner and the Handmaid, because of their adulteress.
Another significant coloring in the novel is dark; the commanders wore black, and they were motivated in black vehicles, this colour represents their seriousness and their total authority. The Martha's wore renewable. In many cultures green symbolises the type. In this case The Martha's were old and in a natural way infertile women.
The servants wore gray which symbolises a low status individualist and finally, the Aunts used brown. This coloring presents their crudeness. The aunts were the instructors of the Handmaids, their brownish color also symbolizes their soiled work: the jogging of the re-education centres with torture techniques and brain washing. In case the handmaids behave badly the aunts were responsible for their abuse.
The novel uses more significant icons, some quite notable as well as others not, but for to me the essential one was the use of colour. Inside the novel the color represents who is who in the Gilead world that is certainly indispensable in knowledge of the novel.
While you do not expect it in a novel just like the Handmaid's Tale, there are plenty of attributes to be found that fit the Christ Shape discussed in How exactly to Read Literature Like a Professor.
In Agony, if there is anything Offred is - and not merely her, all the handmaids as well - then it's agony. Offred is in order with strict rules, and she suffers seeing how the aunts punish or even eliminate if she or any handmaid defy the regime. Offred is also in agony when she believes of her thoughts of her little princess and her happy past with Luke. She lives in constant agony thinking about what happened to her child and her agony is accentuated when Serena offers showing Offred an image of her lost girl.
Self-sacrificing, Offred had to sacrifice not only her body but also her brain. Offred sacrifices her soul by being placed as a handmaid. She sacrificed her woman's privileges and rights. She also sacrifices of her on protection in order to be with and help Nick.
Thirty-three years of age when last seen, the only real information offered in the book about Offred is when she represents herself as:
"(. . . )I am thirty-three years old. I have brownish head of hair. I stand five [toes] seven [in. ] without shoes(. . . )"
Confrontation with the devil, in the reserve, Serena, the better half, is seen as the devil. Neither -Offred nor the Commander- prefers her, or trusts her. Serena not only blackmailed Offred to have sex with Nick, (since she cannot get pregnant from de Commander), but she is also harming Offred by demonstrating a picture of her lost little girl. "The confrontation with de devil" will be when Serena "confronts" Offred with the breakthrough of lipstick on her veil and accuses Offred of being with the Commander. With cruel words, she directs Offred to her room, calling her a slut.
Very forgiving, in the course of the story I could feel that Offred can be very forgiving, especially with the Commander. It seems to me that she forgives him all the rapes she have been endure since she is a Handmaid. I think she would not play scrabble and have this kind of " camaraderie" with him if she would not forgive him, rather she'd be anger and feel resentment with him and only would do her job as a handmaid.
Yes, she is a Christ amount, too. . .
Novel: Cat's Attention by Margaret Atwood
Canadian mentality is intimately connected to the nature and weather. Therefore outdoor activities are incredibly important in Canadian life. The changing of times all around the year produces psychological changes. For example the land has been always connected with melancholy specially when you see the yellow color on trees which little by little becomes brown.
Through the book of Cat's Vision, there are lots aspects found that easily fit into the season number discussed in How to Read Literature Such as a Professor. Throughout the novel we can see how Elaine's feeling changes during each season also how she defined the calendar months or season when the action occurs.
In the wintertime we can see how things start to go bad for Elaine such as in the month of November when the darkness of the day starts early, Elaine is nine years old, Cordelia, Carol and Grace play a game in which involves burying Elaine in the hole of Cordelia's backyard leaving her alone there. Since this occurrence Elaine lives in concerns and waiting with stress and anxiety the upcoming summer months because this is the season when each of them have vacation and they go outside Toronto. Through the winter we can also see an tired Elaine, without the strength and feeling even to paint.
When springs starts off Elaine understands that the cat's eyesight became more powerful and empowers her. We are able to see that when sometime in March Cordelia throws Elaine into a ravine. Elaine tries to save lots of herself and she get paralyzed whenever a vision of the Virgin Mary frees her. At that moment she finds the energy to eliminate her friends and discover new ones.
During the summers Elaine bear in mind having happy times in her years as a child. She remember hanging out with her parents and sibling in the bush, collecting insects and having a great time. This is also the period when she was definately not her wicked friends.
Seasons can be very symbolic, with all kind of modifications and nuances. In this case for Elaine winter is darkness, fear, summer and planting season are fun and flexibility.
Novel: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Penelope, the excellent archetype for loyalty, prudence and brains overwhelms us with the solely individual and precarious about this character: twenty years waiting for the come back of her husband Odysseus, crying her loneliness as a foreigner in Ithaca, being a housewife with an increase of than fifty servants, taking care of the goods and lands of her family and lastly working out all its cunning to keep out a hundred suitors who wished to take the place of Odysseus.
As Atwood makes an attempt by Penelope is that people see the other aspect of the gold coin without transposing the Homeric version, she stresses on certain nuances displaying these ideal heroes not virtuous and not so ideals. That is model circumstance of Odysseus: twenty years of absence of his native Ithaca, spending half this time around struggling in the Trojan Warfare and another ten attempting to return home, going right through a myriad of adversity, conquering monsters and sleeping with goddesses. Well-known for his cunning he returns home in camouflage to check on the fidelity of his partner and maybe surprise the suitors who have invaded his home. Because of this surprise reach, he murders the 120 suitors rather than happy whatsoever with this final result he also eliminates his twelve maids alleging to own betrayed him by sleeping with such pretenders without their consent.
And it is here now where we question the heroism and courage of Odysseus. A man whom the gods would laugh upon, regulations helps to protect him unconditionally and his partner and son are loyal to him. Born top do well his father, Ruler of Ithaca, Odysseus concentrates all the possible privileges in which the female subordination is not the tiniest.
The real condition of Greek women was not very flattering: that they had no participation in public life, remained outside the community at the same level of the kids, foreigners and slaves, even though the adultery of women was not forgiven, it was natural considered for a man to share foundation with other women. A very common practice was that the head of the home offered his feminine servants to his illustrious guests of the home as part of the hospitality after banquets. Such was the case of Penelope's suitors, who've invaded her house in the absence of Odysseus, and required no account with abusing the house maids.
The great irony of this event is the fact that Odysseus finds his honor dishonored because these maids have been raped by their friends without his approval, as we all know it was impossible to get his authorization because of his long absence. Penelope will not come out of astonishment with such injustice, but as we've read, she can not oppose any level of resistance and amazing things what sense all their sacrifices made over the years. It was evident that Penelope could be acted as her cousin Helen, whose lascivious and vanity directed thousands of men to the conflict.
But no, Penelope decided to save the honor of her man, to increase their own patrimony, by getting back in front with their land and implemented carefully her home pantries. But for what? Merely to put a location in the storyline as the perfect woman's archetype: faithful, faithful, intelligent, prudent and patient.
The Handmaid's Story is a book about how The United States of America have overturned in the near future to a religious and macho system. In this system, fertile women are believed property of the state of hawaii, for future perpetuation of the set up order. Margaret Atwood details a fictional world, but perhaps after all of the reality is not far from the world she described.
My first effect after reading the book was "This could never happen". It really is hard to trust a country like the USA will have reached a similar situation. It is obvious almost all of the situation detailed in the book is or was within some distant places on earth. Since that time most societies have endured a brutal decline in respect of the privileges of women. Therefore, the final outcome would be something similar to "This may not happen here", but really at this time it is difficult to preserve such a lay claim.
In the express of Gilead maids form a interpersonal branch designed to conserve the species. Fertile women constitute this class and are observed for the behavior they wear (completely red). They play an essential role: to give birth to the near future residents of Gilead.
It is challenging to engender in this anti-utopian world devastated by nuclear warfare, ruled by extremely severe and puritanical code - a code which punished everybody who departs from the machine with the charges of death - and where in fact the majority of the population is sterile.
In a post-apocalyptic world healthy children are extremely limited, and fertile women are still a minority. Both become extremely cherished. The past have value in themselves, the latter only if they have proven their capability to create. All good little newborns become a status symbol and therefore it is necessary to strictly regulate access to them. Moreover, it should not be allowed fertility to become a source of power for women who've it. It can be used in a string that web links the survival. First measure, prevent women from paid work; second measure, strip them of most their belongings (including of course the children); third measure, to prohibit them reading and writing as well as usage of any databases; fourth measure, place them in facilities for education, for girls only, where they could be protected of their greatest enemy, man, and where they could be instructed to carry out its sacred mission: to acquire children to ensure the success of the varieties.
Any sexual function that does not have the sole purpose of duplication is prohibited. A woman is faced with three alternatives: to become a wife, to become listed on the solid of the maids (whose success depends on the capability to procreate) or even to be delivered to camps for non-confinement women. The novel's protagonist chooses the second option, is stripped of her name and becomes known as Offred, of Fred's house. Fred is the name of the commander who she should provide, seeking to beget a kid who will be given to Fred's better half.
Because Offred is valuable for what she do, she will receive enough food, will be allowed one day while walking always associated with another woman of the same breed and must be protected up and down a long red dress that identifies, her head covered with a wide avoiding him from coming in contact with to watch and be watched.
Will face, like all women of these class to an assortment of envy, worship and contempt, preventing oppression, dread and the yearning for liberty, spurred on by stories of a past that was still available and from which could not consider another as she experiencing. There's always fear of failure and the treat of captivity on the island of useless women beings beyond the fences that surround the location and the high wall where they hang up, to serve as example, the body of those rebels.
The Handmaid's Story is the testimony of one those "red statistics" who roam Gilead. Offred recalls fragments of her former as was the united states and observes the people that surround it, but still retains the glowing ashes of rebellion in her brain and her body desire.
Anyway of course the novel is a fiction consequently should be read and judged. In that sense the writer is a good writer who has built a good novel, despite the argument that it is in somewhat evident in its desire needs. The little ironic voice of Offred, who narrates the storyline in first person, the narrowing of views and characters, and especially some information that punctuate the storyline, get a bit of downright enjoyable reading.
Novel: "Cat's Vision" by Margaret Atwood
In this book Atwood throws a check out the past and results to the world of childhood, often labelled as a happy world, and does so showing the darker part: the harmful friendships of two nine years old girls. This novel reminds me that years as a child is not always an idyllic time and that child cruelty is out there.
After a long time of absence, the successful 50 years old painter, Elaine Risley, returns to her homeland Toronto, where she spent her early on adolescence, to provide a retrospective exhibition of her work. The exhibition gives way to a retrospective of her life, a voyage into her former in Toronto where her dangerous companionship with another gal named, Cordelia is outlined.
The destructive a friendly relationship between Elaine and Cordelia, which is placed in the centre of the novel, offers a cruel perspective of child years. The book breaks the stereotypes that young girls are sweet and cute and boys are rude and bullies. However, while kids establish companionship in a more clearway -the innovator is always the largest or the most powerful or the best in games, the explanation for women to be reputed are less clear. Guys discover that they may have physically to deal with, while females (generally) use words. In cases like this their circle looks like a Renaissance court, with a struggle for the favoritism, key whispers and gossip. The main figure of girls can change out of the blue and, therefore, their lives in the group are less stable.
The chapters where Elaine is an adult are interspersed with those of her youth. The life of Elaine is not really a happy story. Most of her child years toke put in place a closed group of "friends" in which Elaine was the weaker part and the thing of disregard and contempt.
This book is a magnificent family portrait of bullies, that despite of the lays, is neither new nor more cruel today. I remember my days at school. When some men shot the wall for not wanting to kiss the monster with a face packed with pimples, when rude guys slap that wear dude which it also got the annoying habit of brutes, and the most frequent of all classes, the lady who sat by itself on the steps of the courtyard.
Cat's Eye has the unique ability to play these shows of mistreatment, persecution and harassment all you want to call it most of us determined, suffered or seen from a distance with a mixture of fear and shame that cause impotence before a huge injustice. It happened in many paragraphs.
I think this is a true value of the booklet. It opens a door that seems forever be sealed. It happened in many chapters. Abruptly a story that led me to my very own childhood and this developed in a parallel version of the story of Elaine and feel just like writing your own biography. The friendship between Elaine and Cordelia offers a tough vision of child years. With this novel Atwood broke the lovely and lovely stereotypes of females and demonstrated that girls can also become bad.
Novel: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Penelopiad is a short history, very readable, original and skillfully presented, where we listened to Penelope to see her so simple and tragical version of the situations, how Telemachus hanged twelve young slaves for having allied themselves with enemies of his dad. And, of course, unique of the "official" story, hers is more juicy and entertaining. Her confidences are a "reckoning" with the true account and a vindication of the overlooked lives and obsolete by the ambitions of the wars.
For me the writer (Atwood) proves several merits. The first, her method of the known individuals from Greek mythology and books, making them more real and credible people than the result of the classical texts. The second, to devise one storyteller, the sensible Penelope, but from a far more singular still, the Hades. Penelope is lifeless, but lives in her own way, a disembodied eternity since she's attended for three thousand years, changes in history to reach today's time. So Penelope is our modern-day and makes her look very near to us. While we regard the incidents of her life, served in her wandering in the Hades, where he meets other famous living lifeless with those who often talks interrupted discussions or never settled old disputes.
After more than three thousand years, Penelope has decided to speak, and bravely not without extreme care, told what she recognized. Many gods and heroes, disgusted with her unpleasant story, researching to make her pay. For fear that we the alive be sure questions such as:, was the great Odysseus the wise and wise husband of Penelope or a cheat, liar and playboy crafty?
The beautiful Helena, was an innocent sufferer of her beauty or a coldhearted and frivolous woman who pins her pleasure at being desired by all and have induced so many fatalities? The young Telemachus, was this young man shy just defending the honor of the family or an arrogant teenager who just would like his mom to perish or go to his local Sparta? What would we think if we heard a rumor that in simple fact the episode of the Cyclops Polyphemus had not been an altercation with a bartender eyed Ulysses? Imagine if the sorceress Circe was not really, but an extravagance whore required a fancy of the king of Ithaca?
Ithaca was a little island where in fact the wind stored blowing, inhabited by ghost and rednecks disgraceful peasants, and not a fine court and a blessed land which hosted the fifth ten yr old Penelope with open up arms.