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Margaret Atwood
This paper discusses the life, philosophy and works, especially her novels "Cat's Eye", "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Surfacing", of Margaret Atwood, considered one of the most influential female Canadian writers of the last four decades.
# 63562 | 8,170 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Feb 04, 2006 in English (Analysis) , Literature (Canadian) , Canadian Studies (History, Culture)

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This paper explains that Margaret Atwood is not merely a writer but also the author of a more formative treatise on Canadian literature, "Survival", which serves as a context for interpreting and understanding the work of Canadian authors, in which she claims that Canada has a distinct national literature, distinguished from American and British standards. The author relates that Atwood argues that the central organizing metaphor or "symbol" for Canadian literature is survival, not merely that act of living through difficult times but rather an entire mind-set, which pervades the people and literature of the nation. The paper states that Atwood, writing from her own experience, lived as a child in the deep bush and observed the difference between what the characters of "Cat's Eye" call the wild and the tame of the world and the characters of "Surfacing" call the natives and the Americans.

Table of Contents
Atwood's Career History
Survival: The Theory
Nature and Meaning in "Surfacing"
Survival and Nature in "Cat's Eye"
The Influence of Atwood's Life

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