Author Margaret Atwood offers ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ essay help on Twitter
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 â†•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.”