close reading Chapter 1 from The Handmaid’s Tale
Some hints on things to look for: Setting (both place and time) Order of ideas...begins in vivid detail; ends in darkness. Desire, sex, youth and freedom (excitement and possibility). Irony (yearning; out of reach) Remember to consider language, narrative (who's telling the story and how it is being told), syntax (order of words), and literary devices and features.

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