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Stylistic Devices in The Handmaid‘s Tale. David and Eyal. Table of Contents. Introduction Biblical Allusions Floral Imagery Color Irony Free Will Syntax and Writing Style. 3 4 6 7 8 9 10. Introduction. Stylistic devices enrich literature through deeper meaning

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table of contents
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • BiblicalAllusions
  • FloralImagery
  • Color
  • Irony
  • Free Will
  • Syntax and Writing Style
  • 3
  • 4
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
introduction
Introduction
  • Stylistic devices enrich literature through deeper meaning
    • Create more depth of emotions
    • Describe and develop a character
    • Reflect the context of composition
  • The Handmaid‘s Tale is filled with stylistic devices
    • Describe the setting
      • Physical setting,
      • Society
      • Other characters
      • The history of Gilead
    • Describe Offred
      • Personality
      • Emotions
      • Background
biblical allusions
BiblicalAllusions
  • Allusions to Genesis
  • Gilead is an actual place
    • Divided into three parts
    • Dead sea borders it
  • Garden of Serena Joy
    • Garden of Eden
  • Public executions for Heresy
biblical allusions1
BiblicalAllusions
  • Sarah and Abraham
    • Needed a Handmaid (slave) to bear first son
  • Punishment for Rape or Unlawful Sex is Execution
    • “Deuteronomy 22:23-29”
  • Shop “Honey and Milk”
    • Description of Israel in Exodus
  • Shop “All Flesh”
    • The Book of Joel
floral imagery
FloralImagery
  • Flowers are symbols for beauty and fertility
  • Flowers appear often
    • Commander’s house
    • Serena Joy’s garden
    • The Kitchen
    • Offred‘s room
  • Serena Joy’s Perfume “Lilly of the Valley”
    • More of allusion to fertility graph
  • The Hotel with Prostitutes “Jezebel”
    • Has many flowers
    • Beautiful petals and only purpose is to be fertilized
  • Flowers are decoration
    • Ease up the environment
    • Unique beauty in society
    • Pleasant smell
    • Sign of hope
color
Color

Clothes of Characters

Paradox: color means diversity  classes are the same

Only hues not shades  everyone the same

irony
Irony
  • Irony is meant to entertain
    • Keep story flowing
    • Add some humor
  • Moira and Offred switch roles
    • Offred becomes rebellious
    • Moira is broken
  • Offred watches execution
    • Her potential death
  • The eyes watch everyone
    • Not supposed to watch handmaids
free will
Free WIll

Present

Not present

  • Cigarette from Commander
  • Sexual intercourse with doctor
  • The commanders office
    • “Free Will Zone”
  • Moira brakes out of Handmaid’s facility
  • Cheating with Commander
  • Sexual intercourse with Nick
  • Becomes a Handmaid
  • Forced attire
  • Regulated conversation with other Handmaids
  • Handmaids have to walk in pairs
  • Pravaganza
  • Have to watch execution
syntax and writing style
Syntax and Writing Style
  • Word Choice
    • Scrabble reflects Offred‘s intellectuality
    • Shows her background
      • “Zilch” is American slang for zero
  • Sentence Structure
    • Varied to reflect emotions
      • Short sentences for thinking
      • Long ones for flashbacks
  • Tone relfectsOffred
    • Fluctuateswith time sheistalkingabout
      • Reflecting on pastlife
      • Prestent time
the end
The End

(ͻ) Copyleft David Duske | 7thof May 2013

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