An essay last Sunday about Margaret Atwood’s Novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” misspelled the surname of the Canadian general who was the commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide in that country who later wrote a book about the episode. He is Romeo Dallaire, not Daillaire.
Margaret Atwood is the author of more than 20 works of fiction. “The Handmaid’s Tale” will be released by Hulu as a 10-part television series in April, and this essay is the introduction to the new Anchor paperback edition to be published on April 11.
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaids Tale - Jezebel's In this essay, I will discuss how the section of "jezebel's" (chapter 31-39) contributes to the development of the novel of "The Handmaid's Tale" (Margaret Atwood). The term "jezebel" derives from the Bible, as Jezebel was a woman who conveyed wickedness upon the kingdom of king Ahab. Also, the term jezebel is often used to describe a dissenting woman. The section of "jezebels" is significant in the novel of the handmaids tale, as it provides different views as to the importance of women, they roles etc, compared to the rest of the novel. This is one point amidst many which I will discuss in this essay. One of the most important issues that the "jezebels" sequence offers contrasting to the rest of the novel, is the alternative view regarding the roles of women. In the chapters prior to jezebels Atwood illustrates that in Gilead women are just items and objects and that they only function in society is to give birth. This is exposed in numerous occasions in the novel i.e. when offred portrays herself as a "cloud congealed around a central object". Offred say here that apart form her womb, which is a women's "central object", women in Gilead are a "cloud" which symbolises that they are nothing apart from a grey mist and are something indistinct, unclear and of no use.