LSO 100: Canadian short story
“Margaret Atwood” An honored Canadian writer who is globally recognized as a feminist and a role model for developing writers, you may ask who this person is; she is no other Margaret Eleanor Atwood herself. Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on the day of November 18, 1939. Atwood was the middle child of her mother and father: Margaret Eleanor Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario Canada on the day of November 18, 1939. Atwood was the middle child of her mother and father: Margaret Dorothy (a former dietitian and nutritionist) and Carl Edmund Atwood (an entomologist). When Margaret Atwood was young “she became a reader of various literatures such as Dell pocketbook mysteries, Grimm’s fairy tales, Canadian animal stories and comic books” (Cooke, N.). “Margaret realized she wanted to write professionally at the age of 16. Margaret Atwood is known for reinventing herself over the course of her career” (Tyler, Anne). She has written speculative fiction, realistic fiction, historical fiction and science fiction, she is also known for using science as an important theme in her books because of her father being a scientist. The three major short stories that where chosen from Margaret Atwood are “Polarities”, “Training” and “Rape Fantasies”. These short stories were chosen because of her narrative style and the fact that the entire plots appear to be balance. What the critics have said about these three major short stories are: “In Atwood’s story “Polarities”, to read Atwood’s description of insanity by social definition and of psychic iconoclasm in “Polarities” and surfacing in conjunction with contemporary works which analyze the social construction of reality is to realize that what Atwood calls ‘mythologizing’ is usually a conscious or unconscious enforcement of the sexual “polarities” inherent in the...