Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood Essay

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The plot of Rape Fantasies by Margaret Atwood is all within the mind of Estelle, who talks to the reader as she might to a new friend. Estelle's personality becomes exposed to us through the narration of her fantasies and lunchtime work experiences. We are told of Estelle's workplace where she is with her friends discussing their rape fantasies. Examining Estelle's world through her perspective of the conversation, we find she is a game player both outwardly in playing bridge and in her relationship with herself. "I like to guess a person's age and then look it up to see if I'm right. I let myself have an extra pack of cigarettes if I am." (31). This example of Estelle's competitiveness is expressed in three other ways in the story.…show more content…
In her third fantasy, Estelle helps a man with a bad cold who breaks into her apartment to rape her. She gives him Kleenex, Neo-Citran and scotch and they watch the Late Show together. The next fantasy involves a man in her mother's basement with an axe, but she tells him, I hear the same angel voices and they've been telling me for some time that I'm going to give birth to the reincarnation of St. Anne who in turn has the Virgin Mary and right after that comes Jesus Christ and the end of the world, and he wouldn't want to interfere with that, would he? (35). This sends him back up the coal shoot. Then she briefly fantasizes about a number of potential rape situations where she hurts or physically overpowers her assailant, but quickly returns to less threatening possibilities. Her last fantasy is, in Estelle's words, "the most touching… and kind of dignified" (pg. 35) rape fantasy where she is dying of leukemia and is grabbed by a man in the same condition. She woos him and they move into an apartment where they die together. Estelle likes power; she is not helpless in her fantasies. Her fantasies of being a Kung-Fu expert demonstrate her wish for control over her body and her safety. Estelle can outwit, confuse, and fool her fantasy rapists; in fact she hopes she is not too vicious to them. By calmly
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