The Handmaid’s Tale Symbolism
In this episode of our podcast on Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale symbolism keeps cropping up every time we talk about the story. It’s our first episode discussing the narrative and we can’t help but notice how the main character keeps bringing up a riff on the frog in boiling water…
Warning or Prophecy?
There are layers and layers here, people. The Handmaid’s Tale offers warnings and prophecies, yes. But there is also plenty of commentary on “today” – the early 1980s, when Atwood wrote it – as well as today (2017).
Red poison dart frog via Wikimedia Commons.
Audio file credits:
Dvořák, Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22…tempo di valse, courtesy K&K Verlagsanstalt; Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 1, courtesy SpokenVerse.; Titus Andronicus, Act 4 Scene 2, courtesy LibriVox, edited by Arielle Lipshaw; brass band Can Can courtesy Desford Colliery Band.