Instructions for Blog Post #6 – The Handmaid’s Tale

For the blog post #6, the first (of two) on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, perform a close reading on Chapter 5, specifically regarding the following passage: “There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia.  Freedom to and freedom from.  In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to.  Now you are being given freedom from.  Don’t underrate it” (Atwood 24).  How could this passage open up the first half of the book?  What about this passage is important?

As usual make sure to do the following:

  • Give your post a good title.
  • Add tags (keywords) to the post.
  • Posts must be at least 250 words.
  • Posts must include at least one quotation from Atwood’s text.
  • Stay focused on answering the prompt. Avoid repeating the question and be as specific as possible in your answer.  Remember to clarify the importance of your post.  Don’t just tell us that something is “important”; rather explain why it is important.
  • Make an argument.  Don’t summarize the text.
  • Use specific moments from Atwood’s book to support and illustrate your argument.
  • Be sure to introduce, quote, cite, and comment on all quotations.

This response is due before class on Tuesday, February 22nd. Blog comments (at least 2) are due before class on Thursday, February 24th.


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