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dc.contributor.advisorLoehwing, Melanieen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMiller, Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.advisorVivier, Ericen_US
dc.contributor.authorHydrick, Morgan
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-24T15:52:17Z
dc.date.available2018-04-24T15:52:17Z
dc.date.issued4/23/2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11668/14279
dc.description.abstractMargaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale has been a source of inspiration and warning for readers since the 1980s. However, the novel itself never garnered the kind of attention Bruce Miller's Hulu adaptation has. In response to the show's timing with the current political climate, there are women dressing up as oppressed handmaids and lining the front steps of capitol buildings, filling rows during legislative sessions, and standing in silence in front of the White House in response. By using Kenneth Burke's theories regarding juxtaposition, irony, the grotesque, and comic correctives, I explore how the novel, the television show, and the protests create perspective by incongruity for a modern audience and signal a shift in the image of the Handmaid. Perspective by incongruity is what Burke calls “a verbal atom-cracking” in which the author causes the audience to see an issue in an entirely different light by introducing elements that violate commonly-held beliefs. Comic correctives are especially important for creating perspective by incongruity because they show the audience how certain groups of people are mistaken but not inherently evil; in other words, there is room for improvement and correction. Both the novel and the television show create perspective by incongruity by making a fictional, dystopian world feel related to a modern society but not exact copies of society. The protests, however, attempt to reclaim the image of the handmaid as a symbol of resistance and strength; a way of saying “We will not be silent” as they stand in silent solidarity. I argue that this replication occurs because as the use of comic correctives weakens amongst each medium, a source of blame becomes easily identifiable. By exploring how each of the medium creates perspective by incongruity, Atwood's novel implores audiences to simply pay attention, while the Hulu adaption and its resulting protests emphasize taking action against a perceived enemy.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Undergraduate Senior Theses
dc.subjectMargaret Atwooden_US
dc.subjectThe Handmaid's Taleen_US
dc.subjectKenneth Burkeen_US
dc.subjecttelevision adaptationsen_US
dc.subject.lcshUniversities and colleges--Honors courses
dc.title"Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again:" Burke's Perspective by Incongruity and the Shifting Image of the Handmaiden_US
dc.typeHonors Thesisen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Communicationen_US
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.publisher.collegeCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.publisher.collegeJudy and Bobby Shackouls Honors Collegeen_US
dc.publisher.officeOffice of Undergraduate Research
dc.source.institutionMississippi State University


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