Rape Fantasies Analysis

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In Margaret Atwood’s Rape Fantasies, the narrator Estelle describes her “rape fantasies” in which is never assaulted. Initiated by a conversation with her coworkers about their controversial daydreams, Estelle recounts her own reoccurring visions, though hers differ from those discussed between the women. Throughout the piece, Atwood utilizes stream of conscious writing to show her narrator’s jumbled thoughts as she describes her “fantasies.” Atwood’s short story depicts a narrator inexperienced in courtship and meeting men, as Estelle’s honest and seemingly endless stream of thoughts highlight her critical view of women she knows well and explain daydreams in which she meets and (hopes to) build relationships with unfamiliar men. As a whole, Atwood’s use of longer sentences and stream of consciousness emphasize the narrator’s disorganized and honest opinions. Within the first few pages, the narrator voices her inner, cynical thoughts about her female colleagues. She describes Chrissy the receptionist as being “[v]arnished” and “like she’s been painted over with nail polish” (Atwood 1). When Greta, a coworker, makes a comment about another’s concern for being out late at night, Estelle reveals, “[Greta] worked in Detroit for three years and she never lets you forget it, it’s like she thinks she’s a war hero or something, we should all admire her just for the fact that she’s still walking this earth” (Atwood 2). She continues criticizing Greta and Chrissy: “They’re both
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