Victimization in the Select Novels of Margaret Atwood
In today’s world, women are forced to occupy a secondary place in a maledominated, consumer society. The woman is considered as the ‘Other’, and ‘Second Sex.’ She is used as a commodity for the carnal gratification of male desire. Feminists all over the world are striving to rectify the cultural setbacks, to efface the gender biased power politics so that women get equal rights in society. Besides, women writers, by voicing their opinion and defining their world, have been attempting to create new dimensions of space and new vistas of life for women.
Margaret Atwood is one of the most talented, powerful and intelligent writers in the west today. She articulates the dilemmas, contradictions and ambiguities of the late twentieth century with all its complexities and extremities. Casting her vision of life in myriad forms her techniques and themes know no limit.
In her writing Atwood is concerned with the weak as against the strong victim versus the victimizer. A key word in any Atwood discussion is “survival”. By survival Atwood does not mean continuity of mere physical existence, but a striving for dignity in the battle with society and circumstances. Almost all her protagonists are victimized - either by man or by authority or by a particular social environment Atwood examines the place of women in modem society. She explores her identity in a commercialized, technological age.
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