Charlotte Templin (essay date September 1993)
SOURCE: “Names and Naming Tell an Archetypal Story in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale,” in Names, Vol. 41, No. 3, September, 1993, pp. 143-57.
[In the following essay, Templin examines the significance of symbolic, generic, and biblical names in The Handmaid's Tale.]
One element in the highly wrought art of Margaret Atwood, and one that deserves careful attention, is her use of names to illuminate character and present theme. Atwood herself has remarked on the special concern she has...
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