Margaret Atwood’s Rape Fantasies
How the character of Estelle analyzes the other characters, proves her competitiveness, and tries to identify with people and situations, which allow us to make our own opinions on her.
“The plot in Margaret Atwood’s `Rape Fantasies` is rather hidden, but is revealed through the mind and conversations of Estelle. This story exhibits character traits of Estelle as she speaks to the reader about her and her colleague’s rape fantasies. As Estelle voices her opinions on this anomalous topic and on her critical opinions of the other women, Darlene, Greta, and Chrissy, we develop a certain perspective of her character. Estelle reveals her own persona by expressing her thoughts and attitudes toward the rape fantasies of her colleagues and her own, and Atwood allows us to begin to understand to person Estelle is because she goes beyond first person, via a narrator who befriends the reader. Estelle is the only wholly developed character, and has many pleasant and unpleasant personality traits that give this story its voice. Throughout the story she analyzes the other characters, proves her competitiveness, and tries to identify with people and situations, which allow us to make our own opinions on the character of Estelle…”