Biographical Elements in “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Atwood

What facts about Margaret Atwood’s life suggest ideas in “The Handmaid’s Tale?”

Did anything that happened to the author affect his or her themes or choice of subject matter? What was the author’s worldview? Which of the author’s beliefs seems reflected in this work? What commentary on the work did the author make? Does it point to ideas in work? Choose one of the Biographical Criticism questions to guide your analysis and research. Conduct an initial round of exploratory research to develop a better understanding of your author and the effectiveness of the research tools you employed.