Grace Marks, a Violent Madwoman or a Helpless Victim? Women, Madness and Crime in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace
Ayala Rotxés, Raquel
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This study focuses on the analysis of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (1996) and its principal character, Grace Marks, a young maid of humble origins accused of murdering her master and his housekeeper. For this purpose, the theoretical framework of this dissertation has been grounded on theoretical texts written by women in the twentieth century. These works explore the conceptualization of women from Victorian society in the nineteenth century by emphasizing the construction of femininity according to society, medicine and culture. As for the analysis, the aim is to study the narrative voices that build the character according to the moral values of the period. Hence, specials emphasis will be put on the construction of Grace Marks’ identity based on femininity, invalidism and madness, and social class. Throughout the paper, it is revealed the reason that led Atwood to rescue this silenced story from the previous century by giving voice to a woman who suffered the patriarchal values at a young age.
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