Student struggling to write essay on The Handmaid’s Tale gets some help from Margaret Atwood

A Twitter user took to the microblogging site to ask for help with writing an essay for an English class on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 9, 2018 6:11:21 pm

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A Twitter user, Momchil Gavrilov, tweeted about his struggles while trying to write an essay on The Handmaid’s Tale for an English class. Help came from the unlikeliest source: from none other than Booker Prize-winning author Margaret Atwood.

“My crazy English teacher is making us write essays on #TheHandmaidsTale where we are supposed to answer why @MargaretAtwood put the theme of power and control in the book,” the user wrote, tagging Atwood. “We do not have telepathy with @MargaretAtwood so I guess twitter is a close second… Helpppp!!!??”

The critically acclaimed 1985 book, which has received multiple awards and was recently adapted into a hit TV series, is set in a world in which women have no personal freedoms or choice. Atwood explained, “Because it’s in the world. (It’s not just women who are controlled in the book.. it’s everyone except those at the top. Gilead is a theocratic totalitariansim, not simply a Men-have-power Women-do-not world. Lower status men are told when and who marry, eg.)”

The detailed response delighted Atwood fans and others, who lauded her for taking out the time out to respond. Many, expected said, that it was ‘unbelievable.’

Atwood, who is quite active on Twitter, also told the student that she doesn’t think the teacher in question is crazy, which got praise from English teachers.

Could the student’s day have gone any better?

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