Essay on The Handmaid's Tale

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'Most novels are written to reflect real events in real worlds'. Discuss the features that make a novel you have studied seem realistic (or unrealistic), and explain why realism is appropriate (or inappropriate) to the novel's main themes Many novels reflect true events in the world in some way and are written to feel realistic to the reader. This is to make the ideas in the novel easier to take on board and more relevant to the reader's actual lives. One such novel is The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. This novel uses the emotions of the narrator, the actions and events in the story and the way that they connect with and clearly stem from society at the time that the novel was written, to make the novel easy to relate to for a reader and allows them to take on board the lessons and themes of The Handmaid's Tale in a more personal and meaningful way. A fictional novel can be made to feel real to a reader by use of details. If a book uses a lot of small details and intricacies it creates a world around the novel that can feel convincing and suck the reader in. Often books that invent a world tend to play off the world that already exists around them and then alter things so that the reader has a way 'in' to the plot and a level to connect with it on and then can open their mind to what the author chooses to add. Some famous series that do this include Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkein and Naughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. Although these books have wizards, magic and monsters in them they also have beings with emotions and outlooks on the world that reflect mankind's. Fictional novels also often take themes and issues that are universal and timeless, sometimes directly and sometimes in the form of a metaphor, to put across a point or raise awareness of an issue in an effective way. Some would say the Harry Potter books
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