The Handmaid's Tale by Mary Ellen Snodgrass
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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

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 commentariesA timeline of critical events that leads to the climax of the novelA character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the charactersCritical essays on women's roles in the novel, and the use of literary devices, themes, and settingsA review section that tests your knowledge

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About Mary Ellen Snodgrass

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Award-winning author Mary Ellen Snodgrass has written and compiled over 100 reference works and textbooks on such topics as American literature, mythology, fable, feminism and history, among others. She teaches at Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina.
Published October 17, 1994 by Cliffs Notes. 88 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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