"Postmodernist approaches are critical of the possibility of objective knowledge of the real world, and consider the ways in which social dynamics such as power and hierarchy affect human conceptualizations of the world to have important effects on the way knowledge is constructed and used. In contrast to the modernist paradigm, postmodernist thoughts often emphasize idealism, constructivism, relativism, pluralism and scepticism in its approaches to knowledge and understanding." The most familiar examples of this time period include feminism and post-structuralism. Margaret Atwood is a strong believer of feminism and in almost every one of her pieces of writing feminism is a pending theme. Postmodern writing challenges the social roles of man vs. woman, black vs. white, straight vs. gay, imperial vs. colonial etc. Postmodernists believe there is no concrete definition or absolute truth to the way we percieve the world and it is subject to change becasue discoveries are being made every day. Postmodern writers are influenced by religion, sociology, language, architecture, history, arts and music. Anything and everything has an effect on writers of this time period. There is no set date to the rise and fall of postmodernism because postmodern literature is basically post-war writing and the transition into contemporary writing was so quick and subtle.
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Postmodernism affected Margaret Atwood's novel The Blind Assassin because of the politics of the era. Politics were a major influence on Atwood because she was heavily involved in the Canadian Government and believed strongly in what was happening in her community. This was translated in to her writing because political involvement and stature is a common theme in The Blind Assassin. We, as readers see Richard striving for a high position within the government. This is important for Richard because of the influence of society at the time. Feminism too was a huge part of Atwood's writing.