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Handmaid's Tale - survival watch

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    does anyone have any useful tips i.e themes, quotes to do an essay about survival in the HM's tale?? thanks
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    bloody hell i did that one for my exam last year.

    i said the theme was onmipresnt cos of images of living things eg flowers to rimd her of life.
    also taklk about the particitution - juxtaposition of life and death as she has just had the birth-day. also the 'i could eat a horse'after seeing the violence shows she wana survive even tho they r dying
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    i felt that the very reading of the book is somewhat a commendable form of survival.

    on a more serious note, you could look at survival in a wider picture, i.e. not just Offred. survival of the human race (although many elements of society have actually been unable to "survive").

    you could say that this book brings a whole new twist on darwinism - survival of the fittest. this is because, in a sense, the fit and fertile women are the ones who survive (literally staying on top of life), yet their actual livelihood and femininity etc has been removed competely. food for thought.
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    (Original post by magiccarpet)
    bloody hell i did that one for my exam last year.

    i said the theme was onmipresnt cos of images of living things eg flowers to rimd her of life.
    also taklk about the particitution - juxtaposition of life and death as she has just had the birth-day. also the 'i could eat a horse'after seeing the violence shows she wana survive even tho they r dying
    I don't remember that being on the exam! I have brain freeze - I did the question on the historical notes, we'd done loads cos our teacher though it might come up.

    I've just had a quick look through my notes and apaprently this is the one theme my teacher didn't do with us. Go figure.

    Survival:
    Look at the methods she uses to survive and keep herself intact? e.g. never revealing her name to the reader, the silence of her room and it's privacy.
    I would probably say the most important elements of her survival are Nick (Mr OT was very keen on the idea of his love giving her a metaphysical freedom and so allowing her physical existence to survive) and I think she is very much sustained by the thought of communicating with the reader - she often remarks "I tell therefore I am" or something similar - it is the idea that even if she cannot speak to us directly, that we are lsitening to her sotry seems to sustain her in some way.

    Any help?
 
 
 
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