The Handmaid’s Tale. An introduction…. English IB M. Boudreau. A. Margaret Atwood Quotations .
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“Canadians are fond of a good disaster, especially if it has ice, water, or snow in it. You thought the national flag was about a leaf, didn't you? Look harder. It's where someone got axed in the snow.”
“War is what happens when language fails.”
“Better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some.”
“I would like to be the air that inhabits you for a moment only. I would like to be that unnoticed and that necessary.”
“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.”
“Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”
The Handmaid’s Tale can be interpreted as a response to / exploration of:
While some of the themes of the novel can seem a little dated, a number of recent events and geopolitical shifts have renewed interest in The Handmaid’s Tale:
-The influence of right-wing ideology in the USA
(Tea-Party, Evangelical Christianity)
-The Arab Spring
-Suspension of rights in response to 9/11
(Patriot Act, Rendition, American Exceptionalism)