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The Penelopiad: Introduction
The Penelopiad: Plot Summary
The Penelopiad: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Penelopiad: Themes
The Penelopiad: Quotes
The Penelopiad: Characters
The Penelopiad: Symbols
The Penelopiad: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Margaret Atwood
Historical Context of The Penelopiad
Other Books Related to The Penelopiad
- Full Title: The Penelopiad
- When Published: October 2005
- Literary Period: Contemporary Literature
- Genre: Feminist Literature, Postmodern Literature
- Setting: Ancient Greece and the Greek afterlife
- Climax: Odysseus’s murder of the Suitors and the Twelve Maids
- Antagonist: Helen, Odysseus (partially)
- Point of View: Penelope, in a first-person narrative, and The Twelve Maids, in various narrative forms
Extra Credit for The Penelopiad
Play. Margaret Atwood developed The Penelopiad into a play in October 2005, (immediately following its publication as a novel) which was then performed throughout Canada.
Myth Series. Atwood’s book was written as part of the larger Canongate Myth Series, a series of books based on myths that had been rewritten by contemporary writers.