Postmodern Lens - Ben Munkittrick


This post will be written by someone who is looking through the lens of postmodernism and breakdown the passage into what it would mean to a postmodernist.

Postmodernism: a late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies.

Questioning the government seems to be very apparent in this passage when the narrator visits the doctor. The rule of ‘he isn’t supposed to speak to me unless it’s absolutely necessary’ (Atwood, 56) is broken about 12 times by the doctor within this one visit that the narrator has with him. One of the things he says is ‘I could help you’ (Page 56). This leads into another act of defiance.
A huge way that the doctor is defying the government is how he offers the narrator sex which will most likely lead to a baby. Every time the doctor insists that he can help out the narrator by impregnating her, he defies the rules, and in part is going against his government. ‘Next month’, he says. (Page 57) He is personally rejecting how the government runs and is offering the narrator a way out of it.
The fact that the doctor is so nonchalant about throwing out forbidden words would give the narrator confidence. When he says, ‘or they’re sterile’ (Page 57) and the narrator almost gasps shows that not many people have the assurance to just say things like that.

So far it is the doctor who is actively defying the government, verbally and almost physically. The narrator is tempted to disobey the law and have sex with the doctor so she gets impregnated and will live a better life, but is still not at the point where she will do anything to go against the law. Mentally she is there, and thinks ‘give me children, or else I die’ (Page 57), but is not yet willing to go against the rules of life.

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