Rape Victims In Sondra, By Margaret Atwood

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In Atwood’s depiction of Sondra, she draws a comparison between her and the many rape victims that remain silent. Sondra is described in terms of how she plays bridge. “Sondra is not the world's best bridge player” (Atwood 102). This gives Sondra an insignificance to the narrator and the other characters. She is ignored and made to seem silly even though she is the only one who actually knew what rape was. Sondra responds to the notion of rape fantasies by saying “‘You mean, like some guy jumping you in an alley or something,’ Sondra said” (Atwood 102). This is dismissed by the other characters because it doesn’t fit into the setup Chrissy, the woman who asked everyone what their fantasies were, established. Nancy Workman, an English professor…show more content…
The realization that Estelle has been telling her fantasies to a stranger in a bar creates an unexpected and unpredictable twist. Estelle tells the audience that she frequents a bar and in doing this it’s implied that she is talking to someone that doesn’t know her. “Like here for instance, the waiters all know me and if anyone bothers me …” (Atwood 110). Revealing this, Estelle makes herself even more vulnerable than she already is. Estelle continues by saying, “I don’t know why I’m telling you all this, except I think it helps you get to know a person, especially at first, hearing some of the things they think about” (Atwood 110). Having Estelle say this makes the irony all the more powerful especially since she said: “...or someone you just met, who invites you up for a drink…” (Atwood 110). Estelle is telling all of this to someone she just met and in doing this she makes herself vulnerable instead of making it so that she won’t get raped. Estelle believes this because she later says “ could a fellow do that to a person he’s just had a long conversation with…” (Atwood 110). Conversing with someone does not prevent rape and Estelle knows this because “ … the statistics in the magazine, well, most of them anyway, they say it’s often someone you do know” (110). Estelle ignores the statistics to make what she thinks become the truth. Estelle doesn’t understand that she is making herself vulnerable by talking to this stranger. Estelle is trying to make herself appear strong and powerful, but talking to a stranger makes Estelle lose her power. “A further irony lies in Estelle’s revelation, at the end of the story, that she has ‘fantasized’ these heuristic rape incidents in a bar, perhaps telling them to a new acquaintance, a potential rapist” (Jacobsen). This further shows Estelle’s
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