• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How does Atwood use the character Moira to present or explore themes of control and resistance?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐How does Atwood use the character Moira to present or explore themes of control and resistance? Moira is presented as a character that gives in to resistance and control throughout her time in Gilead but, throughout the novel it becomes obvious that Moira will never get a lot of freedom and will always be controlled by men. Moira is presented as a character who gives in to resistance and control from the beginning and in chapter 1 the group of girls ?stretch our arms out when the aunts aren?t looking? to show that she has no control over her actions with the status she has and that she lives for her own identity, and to be noticed as the rebellious character she is. Atwood presents her to the reader this way to show the lack of control Moira has over herself and that Moira is naturally brave by going against Gilead?s rules that we see more of later on in the novel. Atwood then comes to present Moira in a more vulnerable position after her first and failed attempt to escape Gilead. ...read more.


The last time Moira is shown, she is presented as a failure because we see that she no longer craved for the excitement and feeling of being free from men and this changes our perspective of her. Offred says she?s ?dressed absurdly? to show that the person she once looked up to has now faded and she is no longer seen as her heroic and rebellious friend that she knows so well. This shows that Moira?s character that the reader comes to love has gone and that Offred sees her as a stranger now and not the friend she once had. Atwood has presented Moira this way to show that there is no real way of escaping for women and they will always be controlled by men and put into places such as Gilead and jezebels the play their part in society. Going back, Moira shows a rebellious attitude as soon as she goes to Gilead by secretly meeting Offred in the bathroom and talking about how she?s going to escape. She does this when she says ?ill fake sick. ...read more.


This shows how women slowly stared to lose control over their lives but, people like Moira don?t let it get them down which is shown when she says ?she was not stunned the way I was?. This explains that Moira doesn?t let the power of men take control over her thoughts and she doesn?t change who she is because of the amount that she is able to do. This shows Moira has no resistance and shares her thoughts with Offred so she can escape easier. Moira is shown in this memory to show that some things have changed but, some things have stayed the same such as Moira?s character and that?s what makes Offred look up to her as her brave friends throughout most of the book. In conclusion, Atwood has used the character Moira to show resistance and her lack of power in Gilead. Moira is a person who gives in to resistance and is seen very heroic because she went against the rules and took control over herself however, she is also shown as a symbol in jezebels to show that there is no real escape from men and they will always be controlled by the men surrounding them. Rachel Little English Coursework (Ms O?Malley) ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level The Handmaid's Tale section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level The Handmaid's Tale essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    How Does Atwood present women in the Handmaid's Tale?

    4 star(s)

    a mean, bitter and unhappy women, with little purpose in her life, apart for sewing and caring for he garden: "Many of the wives have such gardens, it's something for them to order and maintain and care for." It seems that without having a child to care for, the infertile high ranked woman seek fulfilment in nurturing the natural world.

  2. Presentation and significance of settings in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

    This is reflected in our technology that has advanced significantly in the past century. Although the novel is a futuristic scenario the protagonist has grown up in the 1970s and 1980s which is close to our time.

  1. Examine how Atwood presents Offred's sense of self in "The Handmaid's Tale"

    (1987). 1 www.bianys.org/learnet/tutorials/sense-of-self-personal-identity 2http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071120/LIFESTYLE01/711200311/1031/lifestyle01 3 The Handmaid's Tale. Chapter 24, Page 156. 4 The Handmaid's Tale. Chapter 24, Page 155. 5 The Handmaid's Tale. Chapter 5, Page 39. 6 The Handmaid's Tale. Chapter 5, Page 39. 7 The Handmaid's Tale. Chapter 4, Page 28. The word, "nondescript" in one way is fitting, because their red dresses make the

  2. In 'The Handmaid's Tale' how does Atwood use the first chapter of the novel ...

    Atwood further emphasises these lost times, by appealing to the senses of the human body, which vivifies the lost images and also sets the foundation for us when we realise that even the fundamental senses of the body are denied from the maidens.

  1. How Far is The Handmaids Tale a Dystopian Text, Specifically at the Regime of ...

    Atwood creates the feeling of fear and control by putting a military like force in control. 'Brainwashing' is used in many ways to influence the Handmaids and to make them sympathise with the rulers of Gilead. The 'Aunts' act as teachers in the 'Red Centre' and keep the Handmaids in line.

  2. Explain how control and rebellion are presented in 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood

    Gilead is a result of multiple factors, such as; violence against women, numerous horrific cases of rapes and mutilations, rapidly declining Caucasian birth rates and rises in pollution and adultery. Recent statistics looking at family types, sizes and population show that white birth rates have decreased by 8% while Muslim

  1. Compare the character and role of Janine and Moira in "The Handmaid's Tale"

    This depicts the idea, of the typical hero or heroine, who must "defeat all odds" to get to victory. Janine, however in this very scene, may be depicted as the very opposite. She becomes a spy for the Aunts on the other handmaids, believing with hope that she would be "worthy of their trust."

  2. By close examination of the themes and narrative technique, show how Margaret Atwood conveys ...

    from a distant vantage point where she?s reflecting back on the past, like in Victorian novels. Instead, I feel that all of her thoughts have a certain quality and sense of immediacy, since we are with Offred as she goes about her daily life and slips out of the present and reminisces the past.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work