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Lucine 1 Rachel Lucine Ms. Gardner English 10H/4th Period 17 October 2016 Issues of Oppression Bloom, Harold. Bloom on ​The Handmaid's Tale​. In Bloom, Harold, ed. ​The Handmaid's Tale​, Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2001. Bloom's Literature. ​Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.
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  Lucine 1 Rachel Lucine Ms. Gardner English 10H/4th Period 17 October 2016 Issues of Oppression Bloom, Harold. Bloom on The Handmaid's Tale . In Bloom, Harold, ed. The Handmaid's Tale , Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 2001.  Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103186&SID=5&iPin=MCI016&Si eRecord=True. Bloom’s article about The Handmaid’s Tale  offers background on his first encounter with the book and his opinion on it’s issues. Bloom includes details relating to issues in the book and with issues going on in the real world. Bloom’s criticism of the book focuses highly on the issues in it and his opinion on them. As a conclusion he reveals that the book is indeed a “brilliant achievement.”   Bloom uses key phrases like “Southern Republican senators” and “leadership of the Southern Baptist convention” to relate a statement of Atwood's about The Handmaid’s Tale to people today and their opinions in issues in the real world that are displayed in the book.  Lucine 2 Bloom uses some key points about pronouncements made by Atwood about issues in the book and insight on dystopias, so it is a good idea to have some background on dystopias and the issues in this book to fully understand this article. Burt, Daniel S. The Handmaid's Tale . The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Novels of All Time , Revised Edition. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010.  Bloom’s  Literature . Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103186&SID=5&iPin=NOVL R114&SingleRecord=True. This article includes analysis of Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale  as well as  background of her past and her other books. It goes into great depth of the book and summarizes it; however, it has few examples of criticism of the book. The author of the article discusses their  personal opinion about it, but they do not offer much clear analysis of it. This piece is educational for someone who wishes to read a summary of The Handmaid’s Tale  and receive more in depth details about it, but not so resourceful for someone who wishes to receive literary criticism on the book. It is revealed in this article that the author likes Atwood’s works as she describes it as “superb artistry” and “rare ability to conjure imaginatively fundamental issues.” However, they do not give much more insight on their specific opinion on the book.  Lucine 3 Croisy, Sophie. Gender in The Handmaid's Tale . McClinton-Temple, Jennifer ed.  Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature . New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011.  Bloom's Literature . Facts On File, Inc. www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103186&SID=5&iPin=ETL0113&Sing leRecord=True. The piece first gives background on the problem of gender in the book. It then goes into detail by analyzing the roles that people play in the book that leads to this gender inequality. It examines how the system is corrupt and the laws that make it corrupt. The author uses multiple examples from the novel of how the Aunts oppress the Handmaids and how the laws all go against the women. This article presents clear and precise examples of oppression and inequality from the book by including direct quotes, so it is easy for anyone to understand the issues in The Handmaid’s Tale, even if they haven’t read the book themselves. The author of the article offers analysis of this inequality by using phrases like “sexist argument” and “The hypocrisy and cruelty of the oppressive gendered system,” to prove the point of the inequality in this book.  Lucine 4 Croisy, Sophie. Heroism in The Handmaid's Tale . McClinton-Temple, Jennifer ed.  Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature . New York: Infobase Publishing, 2011.  Bloom's Literature . Facts On File, Inc.   www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=103186&SID=5&iPin=ETL0114& SingleRecord=True. Croisy first begins this article by giving background on what life in like for the narrator in the book and leading into how she displays heroism. She includes key examples of characters who display heroism and offer hope throughout the novel, like Moira who escapes and “becomes the handmaid's fantasy.” The author includes more examples of heroism in the novel by discussing how the narrator's actions, “display heroism and offer hope throughout the novel.” Croisy offers specific examples of these acts of heroism in order to clearly display this theme to any common reader. This article is short and to the point by diving straight into the examples the author gives. The reader can tell that the author believes in heroism by her use of “hope” multiple times in describing how heroism affects the people in the novel, as hope is a word usually surrounded by a positive meaning.
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