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What do you find interesting about the ways in which Margaret Atwood presents relationships between men and women?

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  • Submitted: 11/07/2002
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GCSE Margaret Atwood

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What do you find interesting about the ways in which Margaret Atwood presents relationships between men and women?

In "The Handmaid's Tale", Atwood continually streeses the importance of intimacy, tenderness and love, in its many guises. Considering Atwood is a feminist writer who creates a patriarchal dystopia, one might expect the book to have a rather an aggressive attitude towards men, but

In "The handmaid's Tale" Margaret Atwood explores the interaction between men and women, paticularly within heterosexual relationships.

The most significant relationship within Offred's life is undoubtedly that with Luke, the central protagonist's lover, husband and father to her child. Through the use of flashback, Atwood creates a picture of domestic happiness and the reader is led to believe that the two were very happy together. As the novel progresses, Atwood juxtaposes the present of the novel, a dystopian vision of a modern tyranny and the past, Offred's life in contemporary society. It is her role as mother and wife that offred remembers fondly, evoking mmories of her life with Luke and the loving memories they shared. The contrast clearly emphasises both the loving domesticity in which Luke and offred lived and the loneliness of

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