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The Blind Assassin: Introduction
The Blind Assassin: Plot Summary
The Blind Assassin: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Blind Assassin: Themes
The Blind Assassin: Quotes
The Blind Assassin: Characters
The Blind Assassin: Symbols
The Blind Assassin: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Margaret Atwood
Historical Context of The Blind Assassin
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- Full Title: The Blind Assassin
- Where Written: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- When Published: 2000
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Historical Fiction; Science Fiction; Frame Story
- Setting: Port Ticonderoga, a fictional town near Toronto, across the span of the 20th century; Toronto; Sakiel-Norn, a city on the fictional planet Zycron
- Climax: Iris reveals that she, not Laura, actually wrote The Blind Assassin (a book of the same name as Atwood’s novel).
- Antagonist: Richard Griffen
- Point of View: First Person; Third Person
Extra Credit for The Blind Assassin
Rejecting Labels. Although Atwood’s work is considered by many to be prime examples of both feminist literature and science fiction, she has famously balked at applying both of these terms to her writing, preferring “social realism” and “speculative fiction.”
Odd One Out. Atwood’s novels are frequently adapted—The Handmaid’s Tale, for example, has been turned into a play, a musical, an opera, a film, and a graphic novel—but thus far, The Blind Assassin has never been adapted.