Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale 에 대한 내용과 생각을 적은 영문 문서 입니다.
The correct function of literature has likely been debated and argued for as long as stories have been told. However, in modern times the freedom and ability for writers from subordinate and minority groups to have their say on the issues that affect them have brought new elements into this age-old debate. While it has long been questioned whether writers should elect to delight or instruct, should take on social or political issues in their work, the question is given a twist when these writers belong to groups who’ve somehow been oppressed and use their newfound voices to deliver a sociopolitical message charged with anger. Clearly, the anger of a subjugated people is a justifiable emotional response to the sort of oppression handed down by the powers that be, yet the place and function of that anger in literature is less clearly defined with respect to an audience’s ability or willingness to accept it. I believe there is definitely a place in literature for works that angrily protest various forms of injustice and discrimination. Still, these works should not be allowed to survive solely on the strength or intensity of anger or belief in the injustices an author is striking out against.