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What is the importance of dreams in this novel?

The meaning is twofold: First, with dreams come a lot of symbols which can be useful for a writer to create the suspense and the thrill that is typical of mysteries. Second, with the dreams the...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2010 6:48 am UTC

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In Alias Grace, what did Grace mean when she said she'd rather be a murderess than a murderer, if those were the only...

The answer to this question necessarily involves an understanding of gender and the way that women were thought of and treated at the time when the novel is set. Women were thought of as being...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 8:23 am UTC

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What are some quotes in Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace that show Grace writes her own story through her quilting?

One example of the title character Grace Marks, in Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace, writing her own story through her quilts can be seen in Chapter 18 when she speaks of herself making a quilt...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015 12:11 am UTC

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In Alias Grace, what are some of the metaphors that Atwood uses?      

A prison does not only lock its inmates inside, it keeps all others out. Her strongest prison is of her own construction. In this first quotation, Dr. Jordan realizes that Grace is withholding...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019 10:14 am UTC

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In Alias Grace, what do the images of jellyfish and birdcages used to describe the ladies imply?

Margaret Atwood's novel, Alias Grace tells the story of a murder from the perspective of one of the accused murderers. Grace Marks has been institutionalized because she has no recollection of...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2010 8:16 am UTC

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Was the ending of "Alias Grace" satisfying or believable? What was the meaning of the novel? Did the end fit what it...

The real-life trial and events surrounding Grace Marks and the murders she was convicted for was such a mystery and fascination to many people during its day, and was left relatively unexplained...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009 1:15 pm UTC

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How does the book Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood tell or showcase the purpose or role of law?

Margaret Atwood’s novel explores a variety of issues related to the Canadian and US law in the nineteenth century. By focusing on the case of an adolescent girl, Atwood calls attention to different...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2020 4:34 am UTC

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Atwood employs two main points of view and voices in Alias Grace. Do you trust one more than the other?

What is so fascinating about this book is that Atwood presents the reader with a series of different points of view rather than restricting herself to just one. There is of course the major voice...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013 8:00 am UTC

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How and why does Atwood conceal Grace's innocence or guilt throughout the novel? At what points does one become...

Atwood conceals Grace's innocence or guilt by making Grace the key narrator who will speak on behalf of what she knows, leaving us, the readers, to serve as a kind of jury of her peers. It is up to...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2015 9:25 pm UTC

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What were some bad decisions Grace made that led to her ending up in prison in Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood?

The story revolves around a young girl who works as a maidservant. She ends up being arrested and charged with the murder of her employer and her colleague. Grace Marks, the young girl, is jailed...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 8:50 am UTC

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Which main literary elements in Alias Grace help illustrate the unfair treatment of women?

The primary literary technique that Margaret Atwood employs in Alias Grace is the use of a first-person narrator. By having the protagonist, Grace Marks, tell her own story, Atwood allows the...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2020 10:13 pm UTC

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Is Alias Grace based off of a real story?  

Yes. In this work Atwood retells the story of Grace Marks, a Canadian woman from the 19th century.

Latest answer posted March 25, 2007 8:42 am UTC

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In Chapters 27-41 of Alias Grace, how does Margaret Atwood use language and other features to set mood?

A restricted mood is created from the outset of Chapter 27 when Grace establishes the kind of imprisonment she is enduring, both physically and mentally. At the very opening of this chapter, a...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 6:40 am UTC

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Is the treatment of women as expressed in Alias Grace accurate based on the context of the novel?

Atwood is, if nothing else, an excellent scholar and researcher, and she is very careful to explore in this text the contemporary views associated with women and crime. This is something that is...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 8:13 am UTC

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How effective is "Alias Grace" as a literary re-writing of history?

I think that "Alias Grace" does quite a good job of accomplishing a literary re-writing of history. Literary implies that it is descriptive, tells a story, and adds flourishes and embellishments...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2009 1:25 pm UTC

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The extent to which gender defines us is an important topic in Margaret Atwood's novel, Alias Grace. What comment...

Alias Grace is a semi-fictional novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. It is set against true events in 1843 where two real-life servants, James McDermott and Grace Marks, were convicted of a...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 2:08 am UTC

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How much of a role do you think Grace's social standing as an Irish Immigrant played into her involvement in the...

Let us remember that Canada at that time was full of immigrants, and whilst the way Grace was thought of and treated is shown to be a product to a large extent of her immigrant status, we must not...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2011 6:00 pm UTC

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What does the novel Alias Grace reveal about early Canadian society?

One of the fascinating elements about this novel is the way that Atwood reveals a picture of Canada based at the time of the novel. The questioning of Grace Marks allows her to reveal a story...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2012 3:12 pm UTC

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How does the treatment of the Irish in the 1800s impact the reader's sense of Grace's guilt in Alias Grace?

The narrative account of Grace's background and upbringing, which she herself supplies, always keeps the presence of Irish immigration at the fore of the reader's mind. Historically, the facts of...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 8:37 am UTC

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I've read that Margaret Atwood's novel Alias Grace is going to be made into a film by Sarah Polley. How effectively...

As a lover of both literature and film, I have to say that many adaptations tend to omit parts of the original text based upon time constraints. Also, an adaptation is the director's interpretation...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2012 1:08 am UTC

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Alias Grace reveals as much, if not more, about the social history of early Canada than it does about the murders....

One of the reasons this novel is so compelling is that it not only investigates an infamous murder of which historical records remain, but that it also offers the reader a snapshot of early...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2012 7:25 am UTC

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