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The handmaids tale and Frankenstien Comparison A level

Please may anyone help me to compare these two novels using either the theme of 'Home' or 'Outsiders' ?
I have an exam and can't plan these two themes!
Original post by y18backo
Please may anyone help me to compare these two novels using either the theme of 'Home' or 'Outsiders' ?
I have an exam and can't plan these two themes!
i’d just make it an isolation essay for outsiders?? like how ultimately it’s about science and is a critique of science being used for the immoral purposes? and how this isolation creates rebellion in society? idk😭
theme of home - links to the theme of familiarity, theme of belonging, theme of not being an outcast
frankenstein

his home is inglostad ; place where the ideas of the french revolution began, the idea of where the monster was to be created began

talk about the locations outside of his home e.g. st petersburg, ireland etc -> links to how the spread of the french revoltuion across europe, like his monster being uncontainable

the monster doesnt have a home, hes abandoned by his creator, hes an outcast due to not being sublime

victor himself never stays home, prefers isolation in far off places away from his family - you can argue hes narcisstic His high self image keeps him from being social, always leading him towards isolation. His isolation is result of pride, which might be due to the fear of being proved wrong thus not engaging with others

handmaids tale

offreds story is interesting because she has experienced both what was familiar to her in the pregileadean society and the current regime she lives in

no home, no sense of beloging, nothing belongs to the handmaids, not even their rooms, bring in quotes how she avoids saying its her room

as a woman, she doesnt belong in society other than having 'viable ovaries' which is why shes still alive and kept there

happens in masuchussets america, showcasing even the pwoerful america cannot escape such drastic extreme changes in society, even the most progressive return to their puritanical and biblical times - links to how 'home' may change drastically, as it does for the characters

no idea of beloging with people, encouraged to betray and think suspciously of everyone 'perhaps hes an eye' link to context of germany where hitlar promised a stress on family values and to betray even those within the family is they threatned to go against it


yeah some ideas, my thoughts arent as sophisticated but this is good practice for me for my exam next wed lmao
still hopefully u find sm useful
Original post by psychstudent2625
theme of home - links to the theme of familiarity, theme of belonging, theme of not being an outcast
frankenstein

his home is inglostad ; place where the ideas of the french revolution began, the idea of where the monster was to be created began

talk about the locations outside of his home e.g. st petersburg, ireland etc -> links to how the spread of the french revoltuion across europe, like his monster being uncontainable

the monster doesnt have a home, hes abandoned by his creator, hes an outcast due to not being sublime

victor himself never stays home, prefers isolation in far off places away from his family - you can argue hes narcisstic His high self image keeps him from being social, always leading him towards isolation. His isolation is result of pride, which might be due to the fear of being proved wrong thus not engaging with others

handmaids tale

offreds story is interesting because she has experienced both what was familiar to her in the pregileadean society and the current regime she lives in

no home, no sense of beloging, nothing belongs to the handmaids, not even their rooms, bring in quotes how she avoids saying its her room

as a woman, she doesnt belong in society other than having 'viable ovaries' which is why shes still alive and kept there

happens in masuchussets america, showcasing even the pwoerful america cannot escape such drastic extreme changes in society, even the most progressive return to their puritanical and biblical times - links to how 'home' may change drastically, as it does for the characters

no idea of beloging with people, encouraged to betray and think suspciously of everyone 'perhaps hes an eye' link to context of germany where hitlar promised a stress on family values and to betray even those within the family is they threatned to go against it


yeah some ideas, my thoughts arent as sophisticated but this is good practice for me for my exam next wed lmao
still hopefully u find sm useful

omg wait this is so helpful bc im so bad at prose omgg <3
Original post by fytgtfrtyghy
omg wait this is so helpful bc im so bad at prose omgg <3

feel free to ask anything else! i need the practice!
Original post by psychstudent2625
feel free to ask anything else! i need the practice!

tysm!! do you have any good context for the handmaid's tale? i think my frankenstein context is ok but im really terrible at THMT (probably bc I hate it lmao)
Original post by fytgtfrtyghy
tysm!! do you have any good context for the handmaid's tale? i think my frankenstein context is ok but im really terrible at THMT (probably bc I hate it lmao)

yesss
but dont think that u hate it lmaooo - ur mindset really does determine ur grades, jsut pretend u love the story and watch urself ease into it. cus even at the start of the year i was finding it difficult and telling myself its really complex to understand, but i told myself i enjoyed it and now i really do

anyways heres some - some points are very brief, some more detailed haha

Context

Novel is ‘speculative finction’ but also science fiction

Handamdsi clothes mirror those of traditional muslim women

Novel written in West Berlin

Written after elections of Ronald Reagan and margaret thatcher

Novel is an effective satire which highlights horrific events in past and contemporary society, how humans behave towards each other Moira ‘you can’t help what you feel.. but you can help how you behave’

Atwood uses regimes to show how civilised society can be changed to brutality

Atwood aims to examine the idea ‘change could be as fast as lightining’

Hitler promised a Germany with stress on family values. Encourages to betray even family members ‘she is my spy, I am hers’, doesn’t trust nick : ‘perhaps he is an Eye’

In china, mai Zedong felt communism was being diluted - he formed the red guards, intellectuals were singled out and uni life ended, books were burned aside from ‘the little red book’

Islamic groups : sentences such as public stoning, dressing all covered, ban on education - she visited Afghanistan on her world tour 1978

Explores the ‘rapnuzel syndrome’ where women experience internalised isolation

Symbols of consumerism (clothes, drugs, prositition) become confused with symbols of liberty

AIDS raised causing hysteria mainly from gay community - new rights accused them stating this as a punishment for god for sexual freedom which they were opposed to - seen in collapse in birth rates on gilled , new rights argued against contraception as there was a decline in birth rate

Against Puritans who she believed came to America to establish their own regime and persecute people they way they had been in Europe

Her intentions were to makee people realise this can happen anywhere, and she had a rule for herself to not include anything that hadn’t already been done some place

Her name offered also alludes to ‘afraid’ , ‘off red; suggesting she’s rebelling against the symbol for fertility, ‘off read’ misread, alluding to professor pixeto and his colleagues - novel is an exploration of her identity

Offered is significant as she was not born in a dictatorship she knows what freedom, love, feminism and family looks like - which makes her narrative interesting

Biological and religious context

In bible, Sarai who is barren, not Abraham , - also true in Gilead were patriarchal law dictates men cannot be deemed infertile

Sarai given Hagar, both have hostile relations to one another - parallels seen as Serena joy whilst she fought for this now watches her husband copulate with this hagarian figure

Gilead happened in Massachussetts, America - in in 1985, America was seen as paradigm for the western followed and followed - Atwood highlights it can happen anywhere

Gilead is rooted from Puritan ideaologies which are the very vales America was born from

Novel shows how unprogressive society is - gilled has returned to biblical or puritanical times

origins

offred is based of mary webster, first woman persecuted during salems witch trial and survived - hopeful historical

child care system - based of totalitarianism such as nazi germany where leabon born children were intentionally bred by hitler, later ostrasized after ww2 as disposed

canada during the writing of the book had low birth rates which was the stated was due to pollution (thus gilead becomes carbon neutral) and mainly due to women joining workforce (thus stopping women working in gilead) - allusion to this as canadian government asks gilead how they got their birth rate high as they want similar

romania implemented decree 770 banning contraceptions to increase birth rate then put guards at gynea to insure they did their pregnancy test once a month (seen in gilead)

ceremony , birthing in public, done in public in royal families to make sure the king heir isn’t switched

name becomes offred as her commanders name is fred, direct reference ri translantic slave trade, stripping of identity

illegal nightclub jezebel, relgious reference to a woman who was a murderer and prostitutite, - brothels during nazi, believed it was a necessity for soldiers to keep morale high

colonies, being promiscuous leads to women being sent to labour camps, based off with the american plan in a system where these type of women were jailed as seen as a national threat from men going to war (seen in unwomen)

salvagings public excecution, based of the book germinials, (gilead they stone men who rape) similar concept

Original post by psychstudent2625
yesss
but dont think that u hate it lmaooo - ur mindset really does determine ur grades, jsut pretend u love the story and watch urself ease into it. cus even at the start of the year i was finding it difficult and telling myself its really complex to understand, but i told myself i enjoyed it and now i really do
anyways heres some - some points are very brief, some more detailed haha
Context

Novel is ‘speculative finction’ but also science fiction

Handamdsi clothes mirror those of traditional muslim women

Novel written in West Berlin

Written after elections of Ronald Reagan and margaret thatcher

Novel is an effective satire which highlights horrific events in past and contemporary society, how humans behave towards each other Moira ‘you can’t help what you feel.. but you can help how you behave’

Atwood uses regimes to show how civilised society can be changed to brutality

Atwood aims to examine the idea ‘change could be as fast as lightining’

Hitler promised a Germany with stress on family values. Encourages to betray even family members ‘she is my spy, I am hers’, doesn’t trust nick : ‘perhaps he is an Eye’

In china, mai Zedong felt communism was being diluted - he formed the red guards, intellectuals were singled out and uni life ended, books were burned aside from ‘the little red book’

Islamic groups : sentences such as public stoning, dressing all covered, ban on education - she visited Afghanistan on her world tour 1978

Explores the ‘rapnuzel syndrome’ where women experience internalised isolation

Symbols of consumerism (clothes, drugs, prositition) become confused with symbols of liberty

AIDS raised causing hysteria mainly from gay community - new rights accused them stating this as a punishment for god for sexual freedom which they were opposed to - seen in collapse in birth rates on gilled , new rights argued against contraception as there was a decline in birth rate

Against Puritans who she believed came to America to establish their own regime and persecute people they way they had been in Europe

Her intentions were to makee people realise this can happen anywhere, and she had a rule for herself to not include anything that hadn’t already been done some place

Her name offered also alludes to ‘afraid’ , ‘off red; suggesting she’s rebelling against the symbol for fertility, ‘off read’ misread, alluding to professor pixeto and his colleagues - novel is an exploration of her identity

Offered is significant as she was not born in a dictatorship she knows what freedom, love, feminism and family looks like - which makes her narrative interesting

Biological and religious context

In bible, Sarai who is barren, not Abraham , - also true in Gilead were patriarchal law dictates men cannot be deemed infertile

Sarai given Hagar, both have hostile relations to one another - parallels seen as Serena joy whilst she fought for this now watches her husband copulate with this hagarian figure

Gilead happened in Massachussetts, America - in in 1985, America was seen as paradigm for the western followed and followed - Atwood highlights it can happen anywhere

Gilead is rooted from Puritan ideaologies which are the very vales America was born from

Novel shows how unprogressive society is - gilled has returned to biblical or puritanical times

origins

offred is based of mary webster, first woman persecuted during salems witch trial and survived - hopeful historical

child care system - based of totalitarianism such as nazi germany where leabon born children were intentionally bred by hitler, later ostrasized after ww2 as disposed

canada during the writing of the book had low birth rates which was the stated was due to pollution (thus gilead becomes carbon neutral) and mainly due to women joining workforce (thus stopping women working in gilead) - allusion to this as canadian government asks gilead how they got their birth rate high as they want similar

romania implemented decree 770 banning contraceptions to increase birth rate then put guards at gynea to insure they did their pregnancy test once a month (seen in gilead)

ceremony , birthing in public, done in public in royal families to make sure the king heir isn’t switched

name becomes offred as her commanders name is fred, direct reference ri translantic slave trade, stripping of identity

illegal nightclub jezebel, relgious reference to a woman who was a murderer and prostitutite, - brothels during nazi, believed it was a necessity for soldiers to keep morale high

colonies, being promiscuous leads to women being sent to labour camps, based off with the american plan in a system where these type of women were jailed as seen as a national threat from men going to war (seen in unwomen)

salvagings public excecution, based of the book germinials, (gilead they stone men who rape) similar concept


you're genuinely saving my grade rn tysm legend !!! thx for the tips as well like THMT isnt *THAT* bad but it's just a bit boring compared to frankenstein. i feel like frankenstein is sm easier to talk about as well. TYSM AGAIN BTW <3333333333
Original post by fytgtfrtyghy
you're genuinely saving my grade rn tysm legend !!! thx for the tips as well like THMT isnt *THAT* bad but it's just a bit boring compared to frankenstein. i feel like frankenstein is sm easier to talk about as well. TYSM AGAIN BTW <3333333333

haha no worries
honestly frankenstein is way easier to talk about, but i feel like handmaids tale got sm more resources online which also really helps. heres a link for comparing them which i found helpful
https://a2englishessaysblog.blogspot.com/search/label/frankenstien

heres sm more on your theme
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5056810
Original post by psychstudent2625
haha no worries
honestly frankenstein is way easier to talk about, but i feel like handmaids tale got sm more resources online which also really helps. heres a link for comparing them which i found helpful
https://a2englishessaysblog.blogspot.com/search/label/frankenstien
heres sm more on your theme
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=5056810

god bless you 🙏

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