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Compare how a sense of claustrophobia is built up in the Handmaids Tale and an Evil Cradling

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  • Essay length: 1488 words
  • Submitted: 16/04/2008
  • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon
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AS and A Level The Handmaid's Tale

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Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 16/07/2013

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Compare how a sense of claustrophobia is built up in both texts- Vicki Marks

Margret Atwood's fictive autobiography 'The Handmaid's Tale' And Brian Keenan's autobiography, 'An Evil Cradling' documenting his kidnapping by fundamentalist Shi'ite militiamen both present a sense of claustrophobia. Each novel presents tional. strophobia Keenan' the manifestation of claustrophobia within the protagonists. 'An Evil Cradling' presents Keenan's physical claustrophobia as a hostage and the emotional entrapment. Both authors successfully create a sense of claustrophobia whilst exploring the different situations of both protagonists.

Both Offred and Keenan's lifestyles appear even more claustrophobic in contrast to their previous lives. There is an asymmetry in the presentation of a sense of claustrophobia within and between the two novels. Whilst on the one hand, both writers deal with the notion of claustrophobia as having a negative consequence on their lives. On the other hand the life of the main protagonists before their captive state is presented with considerable differences. These differences are exemplified in the opening chapters of both texts. Keenan in his exploration of life before captivity seems to suggest life was not all that tranquil and certainly not without its problems before he was taken captive in

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**** 4 STARS

This is an excellent essay. It is well structured and includes topic sentences which refer to the question and outline the topic of the paragraph. The essay remains focused on the question and makes perceptive and insightful comments. Well selected quotes are accurately analysed using appropriate technical vocabulary. Intelligent and insightful comments on both books throughout show empathy and engagement with the narrators.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 16/07/2013

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