In the novel Atwood writes how Offred the main character transitions from her life before to a Handmaid. Offred wasn’t her real name but the name that was given to her when the Gilead society formed. Prior to the Gilead forming Offred lived with her husband and daughter. Offred and her husband worked and had social lives. Offred didn’t realize what was happening at the time the Gilead was forming, her bank account was frozen and only the men had access to the accounts; the women were fired from their jobs. Offred husband was shot, her daughter was taken away, and she was imprisoned to be re-educated as a handmaid. Just like us we live our lives day to day: get up, go to work, take care of the kids, husbands, and have a social life. We tend to lose sight of what is going on in our government, call it ignorance, not all of us but majority of us are unaware what is happening in our government; like Offred being willed ignorant to any impulse to resist the increasingly repressive actions leading up to the coup that started Gilead. We too ignore the actions that are or have happened in our society, for example, our health insurance issues that are going on now. Many of us do not know what it’s really about; we accept what is told to us and chose to trust the...
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...k then’(27) As Offred story unfolds she becomes tougher on her earlier life. “We lived,” she says, ‘by ignoring. Ignoring isn’t the same as ignorance; you have to work at it. … We lived in the gaps between the stories’ (53) There are similarities between the Gilead society and our society today which lends to the possibility that our modern society might be headed to a less intense version of this dystopia society. Today society things have changed, women have more rights’ we can vote now and in the United States women can run for political office, with a women running for vice presidency in one of our recent elections. Are we headed to a less intense version, maybe just maybe in other ways not so much with women rights’ here in the United States but possibly in other ways such as in politics; being willed ignorance on our part.
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