Margaret Atwood Chapter Review

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The first way that Atwood attempts to incorporate problems that humanity is facing in the futuristic setting of the book is by displaying the effects of global warming as researched, predicted and imagined. Atwood tries to show what happened to the spaces of the world that we are familiar with “It was like going to Harvard had been, before it got drowned” (173), in this small sentence Atwood speaks volumes on the effects of global warming that will be discussed further in detail in the next paragraph. Another example of this can be seen here: “A mile or two to the south, a salt marsh is forming on a one-time landfill dotted with semi-flooded townhouses” (148). Another part of the global warming phenomenon is the rising temperatures on the planet…show more content…
Additionally the rising sea levels would also be a contribution to the overpopulation of the planet to the point to where the governments could not keep people in check leading to the creation of the earlier discussed compounds and the dangerous outside world described in the book as “Despite the fingerprint identity cards now carried by everyone, public security in the pleeblands was leaky; there were people cruising around in those places who could forge anything and who might be anybody, not to mention the loose change- the addicts, the muggers, the paupers, the crazies” (Atwood 27). As described here the “pleeblands” is a way to keep the majority of the population separate from the elite. The “pleeblands” could at the same time be a metaphor for the poorer people and countries in real life that would be affected the most by global warming “The world’s poorest nations are the most vulnerable, facing increased risk of drought, water shortages, crop failure, poverty and disease” (Greenpeace International 23). This is also a dialogue on how the rich treat the poor not realizing that we are all in this together, and this is further crystallized by the forthcoming of the apocalypse in the
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