The Life and Works of Margaret Atwood

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An Examination the Life and Works of Margaret Atwood Born on November 18, 1939, Margaret Eleanor Atwood was raised by Carl Edmund and Margaret Dorothy Atwood (“Atwood, Margaret 1939-.” Concise Major 21st Century Writers). Born in Ottawa and raised in Toronto she spent the larger part of her youth in Canada (“Atwood, Margaret (1939-).”Gothic Literature: A Gale Critical Companion). As a young child she was raised in an intellectually stimulating environment and was encouraged to pursue a life in which education is highly valued (“Atwood, Margaret.” British, Irish, and Commonwealth Poets). Her childhood played a pivotal role in her future life, including her works, beliefs, and goals. Raised by an entomologist, her fondness of nature most was likely extended to her from her father through means of family trips to the isolated safe havens of Quebec and Ontario. These locations were the subject of her father’s study and research (“Atwood, Margaret.” British, Irish, and Commonwealth Poets). From the year 1957 to 1961 she worked on her undergraduate degree in English at Victoria college at the University of Toronto. Whilst studying there, Atwood became influenced by Canadian poet Jay MacPherson and by Northrop Frye. They encouraged Atwood to write poetry in her early writing career and pointed her toward using biblical and mythological symbols and archetype, which are still prevalent in her writing (“Atwood, Margaret.” British, Irish, and Commonwealth Poets). During that time
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