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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
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About the Author
MARY ELLEN SNODGRASS is an award-winning author of textbooks and general reference works, and a former columnist for the Charlotte Observer. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University, and holds degrees in English, Latin, psychology, and the education of gifted children.
Table of Contents
Life and Background.
Introduction to the Novel.
The Dystopian Novel.
List of Characters.
A Brief Synopsis.
Review Questions and Essay Topics.