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Module One: The Modern Novel

The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

Gilead is a strict, rule-bound society. Nevertheless, the rules get broken. Find some examples of rule-breaking in Sections I to V of The Handmaid's Tale and explain why you think these events are significant.

Find as many references to animals as you can in the opening sections of the novel. What do you think is the significance of these references?

Write an essay about the characters and attitudes of Offred's mother and Moira in The Handmaid's Tale. Pay particular attention to the ways in which each of them interacts with Offred herself

Margaret Atwood once said 'There may be several truths'. How far does this remark contribute to your understanding of The Handmaid's Tale?

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