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Do women have a kind of power that is different from male power? Magic can mean two things: sleight of hand played by stage magicians, and true "magic," or supernatural ability. What role does each kind of "magic" play in the novel, if any? The name of the restaurant where Zenia reappears is called The Toxique.
What role does naming—of persons and places—play in this novel?
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War provides a subtext, and even possibly a framework, for this novel. The male characters are not the only ones affected by it. How are the others affected? How is Zenia affected?
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Which wars are mentioned? Read the poem "The Robber Bridegroom," reversing gender as you read. What does this poem, taken together with the poem "She," tell us about the nature of evil? Discuss the poem "The Loneliness of the Military Historian". What does it tell us about differences between the way men and women traditionally deal with violence? Does Atwood make a value judgment?
Is she also a messenger of the gods, and how? Are there "good" lies and "bad" lies? Do the hearers play a role in the construction of these lies? Think of female villains from literature and film. What do they seem to have in common? Is female villainy different from the male variety? Does Atwood have a sneaking sympathy for Zenia? Do you? Log Out. Search for. Advanced Search. Logged In As. Library Home Page.
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