Writing Exemplars

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four is more than a work of fiction. It is a dire warning. Explore the means by which Orwell reaches through the decades and grabs us by the neck. What is he

Symbols and Motifs

Costumes The Commanders wear black, symbolising fear and authority. The wives wear powder blue, their status being reinforced by the “richness of their costumes, with details of embroidery.” The Aunts are in brown or khaki,


Narrative Style and Structure

The structure of the novel is discontinuous, fragmentary, revelatory and episodic. There is considerable use of interior monologue. Rather than following a straightforward chronological narrative, the story is gradually revealed to the reader through narrative

Allusions, Setting and Themes in HMT

Biblical illusions are common in The Handmaid’s Tale because Gilead is a Theocracy and uses the Bible as its ‘constitution’. It is constantly being quoted, especially by the Aunts, in justification of its rules –

Achievement Standard 3.4

Produce a selection of fluent and coherent writing which develops, sustains, and structures ideas Level 3 Credits 6 http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/nqfdocs/ncea-resource/achievements/2013/as91475.pdf Our first task will be to write a critical view of The Handmaid’s Tale. EXEMPLARS: http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/qualifications-and-standards/qualifications/ncea/NCEA-subject-resources/English/91475-B/91475B-EXP.pdf

Biblical References

Allusions provide important historical, literary and religious references in The Handmaid’s Tale. Religious allusions are woven throughout the book. Most significantly, in the story of Rachel and Jacob from Genesis: And when Rachel saw that

Related Articles for Reading

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-43395436   HMT and Trump’s America: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/26/the-handmaids-tale-year-trump-misogyny-metoo   Biblical Themes (NOT HIDDEN) in HMT: 8 Hidden Biblical Themes in “The Handmaid’s Tale”   Time Magazine Interview with Margaret Atwood: http://time.com/4734904/margaret-atwood-elisabeth-moss-handmaids-tale/   Atwood’s Portrayal of Offred:


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