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Margaret Atwood Essay Questions

In our Autobiographical Narrative unit, we talked about original topic presentation. This essay definitely fits the bill.

For example, instead of saying "Women's bodies have long been exploited in advertising," she says, It sells cars, beer, shaving lotion, cigarettes, hard liquor; it sells diet plans and diamonds, and desire in tiny crystal bottles. Is this the face that launched a thousand products? You bet it is, but don't get any funny big ideas, honey, that smile is a dime a dozen.

Why do you think Atwood chose to define the female body in this manner?

Question 2. What rhetorical strategies (Description, Example, Classification, Division etc.) does Atwood use to develop her definition of the female body? Which are most effective?

Question 3. How does Atwood organize her essay? In other words, can you identify a concrete organizational plan?

Question 4. Give one references in the story?

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This is a great piece. I think the main reason Atwood's writing is so powerful is because of its truth. The female body does sell and is sold. Perhaps this is why Atwood is choosing to define the female body in this manner - she is describing reality, where women are reduced and objectified and overlooked. Her work calls attention to social inequalities and societal perceptions of what it means to be "female."
Question 2: Atwood relies primarily on description and example to give her writing its ...

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