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Literature Presentation

Analysis of 'Soul Scrolls' section of Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale".
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Kaylin Hooper

on 21 February 2011

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Soul Scrolls Narrative Technique Summary We are treated to a second ceremony, with notable differences to the first. We learn a little about her arrangement with the Commander and her confusion over his motives. Offred recalls a speech of Aunt Lydia's on the benifits of the improved family unit for future generations. Offred learns the meaning of her appropriated prayer "Nolite te barstardes carborundorum," and finds a sense of power over the Commander. She asks to be told what is happening. The Commander 1 2 3 Offred tells us about the takeover and her sense of helplessness. Memories 4 5 6 7 Ofglen is revealed as a part of an organised resistance. Cora finds Offred alseep on the floor and drops the breakfast tray. The two agree to lie to protect one another. A sense of growing power.. A link with Cora. Serena's garden: symbolic of things to come later in the section. The Vogue magazine. The hand lotion. The ceremony: the sense of power over Serena Joy. Ofglen's revelation. Power over the Commander and her request for information. Character The Commander Offred Serena Joy Bored Lonely Bitter Sympathetic He becomes a person: Emotions Needs An opportunity Morals Allows herself to hope Strong self preservation A fuller experience of her loss An element of risk taking Themes Individualism power sex vs. sexuality Language Imagery Icecream Soul scrolls Blurred lines between Death and Victory
A sense of disillusionment - real soldiers don't look like that. Female sexuality imagery
"Whatever is silenced will clamour to be heard, though silently." Choice
Jimmies Making a farce of prayer
Lingerie - so representative of what is being condemned The Vogue/pen- emphasising Offred's belief in the power of language.
Scrabble- her description of attempting to spell.
Tennyson Garden Language The Library Mural
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