Surfacing Topics for Discussion

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Topic 1

What is your view of the characters’ sexuality in this novel? Do you think that they are too promiscuous? What do you think about the men’s view of sexuality? About the women’s views? What information about sexuality and the “sexual revolution” of the 1970’s can you find that seems to have to do with this novel’s treatment of the same subjects? How does Atwood tie religion into sexuality for the novel’s main character?

Topic 2

Many of the ideas about men and women and equality in this novel seem very outdated by today’s standards on the subject. What ideas about this topic do you find in the novel? How are they similar or different to ideas about men, women, and equality today?

Topic 3

A key idea in this novel is that of freedom. At one point, the narrator wonders if her father...

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