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Transcript of Margaret Atwood
Surfacing is about a woman who goes back to her childhood town in Quebec with her boyfriend & a married young couple
She goes back to solve the mystery of her missing father, who she eventually finds out is dead
They are surrounded in a very natural environment ( an island surrounded by a lake away from the rest of the town)
During her stay on the Island, she learns more about herself ( i.e. She finds clues her dad left for her, she drowns looking for it and remembers her aborted child)
About Alias Grace
Grace Marks is the main character
Starts in 1843
She serves in Kingston Penitentiary convicted of murder
She was only 16 and sentenced life in prison
Kills her boss, Thomas Kinnear, and his mistress/ housekeeper, Nancy Montgomery
Grace has no memory of the murder
Asylum hires Dr. Simon Jordan
Simon Jordan quit due to frustration, Grace wasn’t remembering anything
Grace was finally released out of prison in 1872, 30 years after the murder and at the age 46
Thesis and Essay Topics
Connected Themes Between
The total alienation of women
How society affects peoples sanity/ societies mentally effects on women
Women in tragedy
Social norms forced upon women
Women would have more power if men were not forced upon them
Her Past and Career
Born in Ottawa
on November 18th , 1939
She went to 5 universities
University of Toronto (1961)
Grew up in Toronto, Ottawa and
other parts of Ontario
She is a poet, novelist, essayist and story writer
science, speculative, historical and realistic
Known internationally for her books
translated in 30 languages
Winning the Govoner General award kicked off her career
Author’s Intended Theme Throughout Writing
• Inevitability of death
• Men vs. women
Sub topic #1: Anna is married to a man who forces her to always wear makeup, cheats on her and tells her about it, and harasses her.
doesn't want to leave him, because she is afraid of what people will think.
Subtopic #2 : The protagonist tell two different stories about her being oppressed by the men in her life.
This is done to see which story is more socially acceptable
Sub Topic #3: The Protagonist struggles to trust anyone, and so she runs away from her boyfriend,.
She gains more strength being by herself and refuses to let men overpower her.
Thesis: The author, Margaret Atwood, repeatedly uses women in history to convey how powerless women were in previous times, and how it affected their mentality.
. Her boyfriend proposes to her, but she turns him down. So he cheats on her with her friend.
. When they are about to leave the island, she runs away into the wild and her friends leave. She becomes insane for about 3 days ( imagining her parents still alive, eating food straight from the ground, going naked, and destroying her house).
. Eventually Joe comes back for her, and she goes with him.
1.) How does society affect a person, and in what ways has it affected you?
2.) How has the roles of women changed in society over time and what is your opinion about it?
" He said he loved me, it was supposed to make everything light up, I'll never trust that word again"- Margaret Atwood,Surfacing
"Saving the world, everyone wants to; men think they can do it with guns, women with their bodies, love conquers all, conquerors love all, mirages raised by words" - Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
"This above all, i refuse to be a victim,unless i do that, i can do nothing... i have to give up the old belief that i am powerless"- Margaret Atwood,Surfacing
“Being socially retarded is like being mentally retarded, it arouses in others disgust and pity and the desire to torment and reform.”- Margaret Atwood, Surfacing
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"Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul"
“What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?”
Sub Topic 1
Loss in trust with her peers (doctors)
-due to disrespect and loss in trust
Sub Topic 2
Sent to insane asylum
-surroudings affected her mentality and drove her to be crazy
Sub Topic 3
Being mistreated in prison and the asylum it caused Grace to receive multiple personality disorders
-sent to asylum
“Does feminist mean large unpleasant person who'll shout at you or someone who believes women are human beings. To me it's the latter, so I sign up”
“We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly”
Atwood, Margaret. Alias Grace. Toronto: Seal, 2000. Print.
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"In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid's Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century."
-Francine Prose (New York Times)
-Published: December 29, 1996
“It is quite simply superb.…She writes with the ease of total acceptance, from right inside the culture, authenticating our experience, holding up a mirror so that the image we get back is not distorted by satire or made unreal by proselytizing…but real.”