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A2 Literature by Mind Map: A2 Literature
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A2 Literature

The Handmaid's Tale


Faith, "If it's a story I'm telling, then I have control over the ending. Then there will be an ending to the story and real life will come after it. I can pickup where I left off.", New node

Control, Biblical References, New node, "What it really means is that she is in control, of the process and thus of the product" (88)

Dystopia, Flashbacks to pre-Gilead, "Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary"

Survival, "Below it is the Commander fucking" (89), "Give me children, or else I die" (58), "Kiss him 'as if she meant it'" (135), "The signal is Nick" (146)


Uniforms, Classification of people

Body, As an instrument of pleasure - "Men are sex machines" (138)

Guardians, "The Guardians aren't real soldiers. They're used for routine policing..." (18)

Religion/Bible, Control/power tool - "The Bible is kept locked up... so the servants would not steal it" (82)

The Wall, Shows off the consequences of being against Gilead - "What they are hanging from is hooks" (32)


Color-coded apparel, Represents their role in Gilead, Handmaids-red dresses, white wings covering face (veil), Marthas - green dresses, Guardians - green uniform, Wives - blue dresses

The wall, Hang members of Gilead who "have committed atrocities and must be made into examples, for the rest." (33) - example of control

Rape and sexual violence


Offred, Narrator and protagonist

The Commander, Head of the household, Has an unorthodox relationship with Offred

Serena Joy, Pre-Gilead was an anti-feminist activist and support traditional values, Channels religious elements of Gilead

Moira, Lesbian feminist, defiance contrasts the other women in novel

Aunt Lydia, Represents the ideological indoctrination of Gilead, Works at the Red Center (re-education)

Slaughterhouse 5


Tralfamadorians & Tralfamadore


Escape, "Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt", Tralfamadore Creation, "They were trying to recreate their universe. Science Fiction was a big help"


Death, "So it goes"

Fate & Freewill, Serenity Prayer, " . . . the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, to change the things I can . . .", Predicted Death, Backwards War Movie, Watching backwards, become movie for peace, Billy thinks he is "unstuck in time", "Billy saw the war movies backwards and forwards", "only on Earth is there any talk of free will"

Time, "They're playing with the clocks again"



Billy Pilgrim, PTSD, Absurd Soldier who was really a chaplain's assistant

Valencia, absurd death

Kurt Vonnegut, Author who writes himself into his books, "I am a pillar of salt", "All this happened, more or less, the war parts anyway are pretty much true"

Montana Wildhack, "adult film" star, Brought to live with Billy on Tralfamadore

Kilgore Trout, sci-fic author, Maybe Billy made him up, his books, Maniacs in the 4th Dimension, The Big Board, Earthling on display in a zoo, New node

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


Machines, "big as a truck" "smile's going out before her like a radiator grill" - Nurse Ratched, New node, New node



Fog, "the fog machine had broken down in the walls" -Chief Bromden starts to see things clearly through the fog.

Inside vs. Outside, " a completed product goes back out into society", "the ward is a factory for the Combine"

Reality vs Fiction


Chief Bromden, "Cause it's the truth, even if it didn't happen"

R.P. McMurphy

Billy Bibbit

Nurse Ratched

The Great Gatsby


Dreams and Grail Quest

New node


Colors, Yellow, "a pair of enourmous yellow spectacles" - T.J. Eckleburg, moral decay, Green, Green light, "You have a green light that burns all night at the end of your dock" -Endless love for Daisy


The Valley of Ashes, "grotesque gardens", "fantastic farms", "the eyes of Doctor T.J. Eckleburg"


Gatsby, "Cant repeat the past? Of course you can."

Nick, "I am one of the few honest people I have ever known"