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I need a topic for The Handmaid's Tale and The Scarlet Letter (comparative essay)?I...

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ticklemep1nk | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM via web

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I need a topic for The Handmaid's Tale and The Scarlet Letter (comparative essay)?

I was thinking of something along the lines of women, and the portrayal of women... However, my teacher said this is way too vague.  Any ideas? Thank you in advance!

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kwoo1213 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 1:16 PM (Answer #2)

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This would be a good discussion board question!

I definitely think you have the right idea; however, you do need to narrow your topic a bit, so think about the treatment of women in a narrower sense.  How were women treated during these specific times periods?  What were the expectations for women during these time periods?  How did the two main characters of these works break those expectations?  I hope this helps.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted April 14, 2010 at 2:50 PM (Answer #3)

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Portrayal of women is a very good topic. I would choose something more specific to inquire about such as the treatment of women during World War I or II. You could even discuss the women's suffrage movement. If you want to be more current you could discuss women's pay in today's society and how it compares to what men make in the same profession.

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