Handmaid's Tale Notes by Mary Ellen Snodgrass


Handmaid's Tale Notes by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on The Handmaid's Tale, you come to realize that for every utopia, there's a corresponding dystopia. This tale of a bleak future depicts a time where women are valued only for their reproductive capacities. While this cautionary tale of repression and totalitarianism is horrifying, there are moments of poetic warmth and humor. It is a brilliant satire. This concise supplement to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale helps you understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author. Features that help you study include* Chapter-by-chapter summaries and commentaries* A timeline of critical events that leads to the climax of the novel* A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters* Critical essays on women's roles in the novel, and the use of literary devices, themes, and settings* A review section that tests your knowledge Classic literature or modern modern-day treasure - you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.

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88 pages


Mary Ellen Snodgrass
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Publication date

17th October 1994



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