The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
This practical and insightful reading guide offers a complete summary and analysis of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It provides a thorough exploration of the novel’s plot, characters and main themes, as well as a useful introduction to the narrative devices Atwood uses and the question of genre. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time.
This clear and detailed 54-page reading guide is structured as follows:
- Biography of Margaret Atwood
- Presentation of The Handmaid’s Tale
- Summary of The Handmaid’s Tale
- Character study
- The Commander
- Serana Joy
- Analysis of The Handmaid’s Tale
- Narrative structure
- Is there any hope for women?
- Generic fusion
About The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel set in the Republic of Gilead, an imagined version of the USA after the rise to power of a repressive Christian movement. In this theocracy, Handmaids are only valued for their ability to reproduce and have no identity of their own, being referred to instead by a modified version of the name of the male Commander they have been assigned to. The novel traces the journey of one such Handmaid, Offred, whose only choices are to bow to this repressive structure or risk her life trying to resist it.
The Handmaid’s Tale has recently been adapted into an award-winning television series starring Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes and Samira Wiley.
About Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer who is best known for her novels, including Alias Grace and The Handmaid’s Tale, which have both recently been adapted for television, as well as the Booker Prize-winning The Blind Assassin. She has also written numerous poetry and short story collections and works of literary criticism. Her writing stands out for its exploration of Canadian identity, environmental issues and the position of women, and is often inspired by myth, history and scientific developments.