Coad, David. "Hymens, Lips and Masks: The Veil in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Literature and Psychology 47.1 & 2 (2001): 54-67. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Vol. 246. Detroit: Gale, 2008.Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. David Coad takes an in depth look into the “veils” found in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Throughout the essay, he connects these symbolic “veils” to the general theme of gender oppression, relating it to the feminism found in the novel. Coad extensively analyzes the symbols of: the literal veils worn by the Gilead women, the hymen - as a veil to a woman’s womb and reproductive organs, lips - as both a literal and metaphorical veil and the classification of women and the names they receive – as a veil to their past life. Coad’s well-structured thoughts give a clear, precise view of gender oppression in The Handmaid’s Tale; he strongly explains his ideas with the use of secondary sources, making his points effective and accurate. With the use of quotes from the novel, his detailed analysis accurately displays his clear opinion on his chosen theme. This critical essay displays many of the ideas seen in the Independent Study Unit and is a detailed source. Coad’s ideas could relate well into the Independent Study Unit. Coad’s supporting arguments for the symbols of the veils, specifically the literal veils and the classification of women, are points that could support the argument of feminism and gender roles as well. Many of the secondary sources Coad uses to support his thesis could also be used as further evidence to support the theme of feminism and gender roles. Malak, Amin. "Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' and the Dystopian Traditions." Canadian Literature 112 (Spring 1987): 9-16. Rpt. in Novels for Students. Ed. Marie Rose Napierkowski. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 1998.Literature Resource Center. Web. 22 Mar. 2013. In the excerpt of Amin Malak’s essay “Margaret...
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