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Alias Grace | Study Guide

Margaret Atwood

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Margaret Atwood

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Historical Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

The narration switches between first person from Grace Marks's perspective and close third person from Dr. Simon Jordan's perspective.


Alias Grace is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Alias Grace is about characters trying to find the truth of Grace Marks's character. Was she a seductive and conniving murderess or an unwilling accomplice? Grace uses the alias Mary Whitney when she flees with murderer James McDermott. Hypnotism seems to reveal that Mary possessed Grace, either literally or figuratively, and is the true culprit. However, if Grace is only play-acting the possession then she must also be play-acting the chaste, innocent version of Grace and hiding her true passionate personality. Thus, the question becomes: which version is the real Grace and which version is the alias?


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