What are the 3 topic sentences for this topic?
- ) infantilisation of women (and how this is perceived by the narrator)
- ) the denial and avoidance of female sexuality
- ) the distorting effect ensued by the denial of female sexuality
what are the quotations for topic 1?
topic 1= the infantilisation of women:
THT: the Commander is ‘positively daddyish’ in his treatment of Offred, - chapter directly preceded by a more subtle depiction of patronisation, in an immersive memory of life before the regime:
- ‘hush… you know I’ll always take care of you’ -
- ’ underground frailroad (laughter, groans)’ -
insertion of 1980s reality allows the reader to question to what extent present attitudes differ from those of the Gilead regime
- complacency of a post- 2nd wave feminism America- Atwood calls for the need for further progress
reader perhaps more explicitly encouraged to disapprove of this in Frankenstein: ‘fragile creature… docile… insect… tend on… favourite animal’
- Mary Wollstonecraft: ‘slavish obedience’ ‘rational companionship’
what are the quotations for topic 2?
topic 2= the denial and avoidance of female sexuality:
Frankenstein: Elizabeth is Frankenstein’s cousin
> Frankenstein attempts to usurp the role of the female in the process of sexual reproduction, denies female sexuality as replaces it with science in a sexualised perception of his scientific work:
- ‘ painful labour to arrive at the summit of my desires was a the most gratifying consummation of my toils’
Context: increasing cultural interest in scientific discovery
: Humphry Davy ‘ ascertain her (nature’s) secrets’
THT: Whereas in THT we observe the denial of sexuality of the female, in Frankenstein we witness the complete avoidance– Frankenstein attempts to escape it entirely
- even during (enforced) sexual intercourse: ‘ full, ankle-length skirt… keeps us from seeing… from being seen’
veil= Sharia Law and islamic fundamentalism, denial of female sexuality= right wing revolution of Iran
What are the quotes for topic 3?
Topic 3= the distortion and perversion of sexuality ( as a result of denying it)
- ’ thrusted buttocks… hair exposed in all its darkness… red outlines damp cavities’- the denial of something only increases the desire for it?
- Frankenstein: as he embraces Elizabeth, her lips ‘became livid with the hue of death…. dead mother… grave worms crawling’
- prefigures Freud in the idea that dreams are a manifestation of the subconscious
- Oedipus complex
In both instances the authors evoke a startlingly vivd image, in Frankenstein this is one devoid of sexuality, and highly unnatural given the atmosphere of death, whereas in THT this is a visceral image of exaggerated yet innate human sexuality. Despite this divergence, the underlying message of both authors can be regarded as the urgency for society to accept female sexuality as a positive entity.