Atwood offers ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ essay help on Twitter
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 wrote 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. 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 men-have-power women-do-not world. Lower-status men are told when and who (to) marry, eg.”
The detailed response delighted online onlookers, who had retweeted the exchange
more than 800 times and gave it almost 4,500 “likes” the same day.
At least one other literature fan applauded the initiative.
“I used to teach high school. I’d have totally given points for proven communication with the author. This is not to say that everyone should bother poor @Margaretatwood with all of their questions. Oh, dear,” tweeted Jess Faraday, with the handle @jessfaraday.
Atwood is a prolific Twitter user. More at thestar.com/books
Margaret Atwood responded within hours to a social media user with a quick lesson on the major themes of her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale.