I remember reading Atwood saying she became a poet because of an experience she had walking across a field one day, she recalled God reached out to her, or tapped her on the head and pronounced her a poet. Before that she had assumed she'd be a scientist like her father.
Its funny that she imagined she was called by 'God' - maybe she had no other way to refer to this calling. Certainly she doesn't tend to write favouring the God of the bible!
I noticed in 'the year of the flood','Cat's eye' and 'the handmaids tale' she writes about characters caught up in a religion not though their own belief but as a matter of survival, so many of them PRETEND to believe because they have no other option.
I find that quite interesting, it hasn't been my experience as I've been lucky enough NOT to be brought up in any religion. It made me think perhaps Atwood had a bad experience with religion in her life. As for me I'd been curious about religion but read and thought enough to be wary of participating fully in it. I often wonder if the many people that go to church believe any of it or if they just go because their friends or family make them go.
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