Frankenstein and The Handmaid's Tale

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1. What does the removal of women from creating life reflect in Frankenstein?

  • Fear of sex.
  • Shelley's anxieties around childbirth (having miscarried) and her fear that women's rights could be fewer.
  • Fear of children.
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2. "I tell him my real name...

  • ...and feel that therefore I am known."
  • ...and know I am alive."
  • ...and regret it."

3. What does Atwood reflect through the removal of children?

  • The declining child population.
  • The 'Magdalene Laundries' - 18th - 20th Century.
  • The rise in adoption in the 1980's.

4. What scientific advancement inspired both authors?

  • Vaccinations.
  • Cloning.
  • Galvanism.

5. Why did the ERA fail?

  • The amendment was not advertised.
  • Opposition from New Right and Pro-lifers.
  • Nobody wanted equality.

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