Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Margaret Atwood use of Language and Narrative Technique in The Handmaid
From the outset of The Handmaids Tale the subscriber is placed in an unknown world, where the rights and freedom of women have been taken a appearance. We follow the memorial journey of a handmaid, named Offred. Throughout the first 15 Chapters we are provided with information, as narrated by Offred, with glimpses of her past life and her journey to the life she is now facing. These glimpses are not logical in their sequencing or chronological in the narration, therefore creating a feeling of disorientation among readers, a feeling matching that experienced by those life story in this society. This also provokes many questions in the readers mind along with creating tension and expectation as to the nature of the procreation which we have cause to understand is the function of the handmaids. Although the reader is made aware of the structure and methods of control within Gilead, none of the information provided can begin to prepare the reader for the way in which The Ceremony is undertaken. We are first provided with hints as to what is required of the handmaids at the beginning of the dystopia, with the mention of the Red Centre. A place where scandalously a process of condition is undertaken with armed guards around the fences and the women in charge carrying electric pods, suggesting it is a controlled place, but also raises the question as to why such methods of control are required. The shocking fact that the women have to lip read, again reveals to the reader how strict and controlled this society is along with providing the feeling of fear the handmaids must be experiencing. There is also a monthly visit to the gynecologist, but on the occasion described, this routine check is made rather sinister with the doctor offerin... ...o watch is shocking whilst as an prototype makes the reader wonder whether Serena maybe feeling like the person on top of a tomb, dead. Offred once again reveals her fair handedness, Which of us is it worse for, her or me?T his represents Offred to be a strong person, as following such a scenario, she isnt thinking of herself alone, she is thinking about the feelings of the wife. It isnt until the next section the reader comes to realise Ofreds true feelings towards the Ceremony,I want to steal something.This reveals to the reader, Ofred needs to feel as though she does have some kind of power over her life, and with the scene with nick shows how she longs to be appreciated for who she is instead of just being a sex object, this again results in sympathy for Offred and what the other handmaids must feel like in a situation such as this.