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Essay | What Is the Purpose and Function of the 'Historical Notes'

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What Is the Purpose and Function of the 'Historical Notes'

Summary: The handmaids tale by Margaret Atwood, and the Historical Notes are to warn us of the possible consequences of contemporary trends, it was unnerving and unsettling to learn that the Gileadean practices were based on real ones which are currently or formally in existence so as a futuristic novel it serves it's purpose by giving us a warning that the reality of Gilead is not far from our own experiences as we thought when reading Offred's narrative.
What is the purpose and function of the `Historical Notes' and how do they assist your interpretation of the novel"

The historical notes are not part of Offred's narrative, they are a transcript of a symposium held at a university in 2195 - two hundred years from where we left the end of Offred's harrowing tale. The purpose of these notes if any, is to put Offred's narrative into a historical purpose to help these academics understand the life of Gilead. It seems to me that another purpose of these historical notes is to provoke a very strong reaction in the readers who have followed the emotional journey with the narrator Offred.

The significance of the university name `Denay, Nunavit' is that Atwood took the name from a group of people called Dene from Canada's North west territories and they are...

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