Dr. Asra Sultana Mouda
Asst. Professor of English
University of Hafar el Batin
Ministry of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Background: The development of understanding among women, related to the rise of consciousness, has resulted in rise against oppression and male domination. Consequently, women have emerged as individuals with greater strength in the context of sexual exploitation, to resist abuse by male prejudiced society. The aim of this research is to explore the construct of feminism within the novels written by Margaret Atwood. Hence, the novels “The Edible Woman”, “Bodily Harm”, “Surfacing”, and “the Handmaid’s tale” are assessed. Methods: A qualitative research design has been selected for this study by collecting data through selection of the evidences pertaining to the chosen novels for review. Search of electronic databases included GoogleScholar, EbscoHost, and ProQuest to find scholarly books and articles, appraising the selected novels. Results: All the novels have portrayed women as the victim of societal norms and prejudice that makes her vulnerable to the dominance of her male counterpart. Women in different contexts in these novels have gone through a long journey to find their identity and invigorate themselves as individuals with right to live without being governed by men and societal customs. Conclusion: Atwood has presented a feminist approach in her novels to depict the rise of female rebellion against gender chauvinism.
Keywords: Feminism, postmodernism, women, male domination, and sexual abuse.