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Gender

2003

The College at Brockport: State University of New York

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Open Endings And Questionable Liberation In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, Cat 'S Eye, And The Handmaid's Tale, Donna M. Klick Aug 2003

Open Endings And Questionable Liberation In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, Cat 'S Eye, And The Handmaid's Tale, Donna M. Klick

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses the literary work of Margaret Atwood, specifically highlighting Alias Grace (1996), Cat's Eye (1989), and The Handmaid's Tale (1986). As part of the discussion, the project considers Michel Foucault's theories on how power and discourse shape the individual and Sigmund Freud's work on how repetition aids an individual in obtaining power, and argues that Atwood’s female protagonists are not only shaped by their imagined environments but are liberated from the oppression within them. Given the focus on female protagonists and how they may liberate themselves, the research also considers Peter Brooks ...