“Happy Endings” is a short story by Margaret Atwood. It was first published in a 1983 Canadian collection, Murder in the Dark. It includes six stories in one, each ending with death. The author believes that this is the only sure ending to anything. The stories are all inter-related, containing the same characters and similar actions. Behind the obvious meaning of these seemingly pointless stories lies multiple deeper and more profound meanings; exploring, for example, themes of domesticity, welfare, and success. It all ends up with John and Mary dying at the end of the story.
More than thirty years have passed since The Handmaid's Tale was first published in 1985, but many still think of it as the go-to book for feminist fiction. It makes numerous "best of" lists, the kinds with 99 other books everyone should read before dying. Even so, The Handmaid's Tale frustrates me a lot—and not only because it contains run-on sentences and needlessly abandons quotation marks. (This is no train wreck like , but it's bad enough.) Simply put, if you can ignore whether you agree or disagree with Margaret Atwood's ideas about politics, religion, and women's rights, the plot and setting make no sense.
The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. Several major trends of that time found its expression in Atwood’s work. First of all, the rise of the religious right in the politics of the United States became evident with the election of Ronald Reagan. Traditionalism and conservative views formed the mainstream of politics throughout the world, not only in the United States. Margaret Atwood recalls that by a strange coincidence she visited Afghanistan six weeks before the war began and Iran eight months before the Iranian revolution overthrew the Shah (“Genesis of The Handmaid’s Tale” 10). Those vivid manifestations of the rise of religions could not pass unnoticed by Atwood who was concerned about the dangers of fundamentalism.
Margaret Atwood is a famous poet among youngsters as she explains true facts about life through her poems. Her poems encourage reader to think one more time on their existing thinking. Her poems contain a hidden message inside and those who can find that message can only take pleasure in her poems. This is what makes her writing more readable.