Au­thor Mar­garet At­wood of­fers ‘The Hand­maid’s Tale’ es­say help on Twit­ter

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A so­cial me­dia user who turned to Twit­ter for help in writ­ing an es­say on “The Hand­maid’s Tale” has re­ceived in­valu­able in­sight - from none other than au­thor Mar­garet At­wood her­self.

A Twit­ter user iden­ti­fied on­line as Mom­chil Gavrilov tweeted at the Can­lit gi­ant early Thurs­day morn­ing with the plea: “My crazy English teacher is mak­ing us write es­says on #TheHand­maid­sTale where we are sup­posed to an­swer why @ Mar­garetAt­wood put the theme of power and con­trol in the book,” they write from an ac­count with the han­dle @GavrilovMom­chil.

“We do not have telepa­thy with ↕Mar­garetAt­wood so I guess twit­ter is a close sec­ond... Helpppp!!!??” At­wood re­sponded hours later from her ver­i­fied ac­count with a quick les­son on the ma­jor themes of her 1985 dystopian novel, set in a world in which women are prop­erty of the state.

“Be­cause it’s in the world,” At­wood says in a tweet posted at about 5 a.m. ET Thurs­day. “It’s not just women who are con­trolled in the book. It’s every­one ex­cept those at the top. Gilead is a theo­cratic to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism, not sim­ply a men­have-power women-do-not world. Lower-sta­tus men are told when and who (to) marry, eg.”

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