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

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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.

MARY ALTAFFER/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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