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Questions about the dystopian novel 'The Handmaid's Tale' (1985) by Margaret Atwood. Use this tag with the [margaret-atwood] tag.

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Meaning of "the way they used to use up old women, in Russia, sweeping dirt" in "The Handmaid's Tale"

I think of my mother, sweeping up deadly toxins; the way they used to use up old women, in Russia, sweeping dirt. Only this dirt will kill her. What does this mean?
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Meaning of "one of the shapes money takes when it freezes" in "The Handmaid's Tale"

Here's a paragraph from chapter 14 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: The sitting room is subdued, symmetrical; it's one of the shapes money takes when it freezes. Money has trickled through ...
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Comparison between Beatrice of Much Ado About Nothing and Offred of The Handmaids tale

Compare and contrast the way Offred in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Beatrice in William Shakespeare’s Much Ado about Nothing view romantic love. Discuss 2 similarities and 2 differences (...
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Are quote marks used selectively in "The Handmaid's Tale" or do I have a bad scan of the book?

I've just begun reading The Handmaid's Tale and I'm a bit distracted by the usage (or non-usage) of quote marks in the version I have (ebook). In the second chapter, the handmaid is describing her ...
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