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Analysis Of The Handmaid's Tale

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The ability to create life is an amazing thing but being forced to have children for strangers is not so amazing. Offred is a handmaid, handmaid's have children for government officials, such as Commander Waterford. Offred used to be married to Luke and together they had a daughter but then everything changed; Offred was separated from her family and assigned to a family as their handmaid. The society which Offred is forced to live in shaped her in many ways. In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood uses cultural and geographical surroundings to shape Offred's psychological and moral traits as she tries to survive the society that she is forced to live, in hopes that she can rebel and make change.
Margaret Atwood uses the culture of how handmaids dress to psychologically change how Offred sees and thinks about the world and others. On the way home from shopping with her partner Ofglen, Offred sees a group of tourists who are dressed how women used to dress before the war. Offred and Oglen stop and watch the tourists; "We are fascinated, but also repelled. They seem undressed" (28), Offred then remembers that she too used to dress like that. Offred's reaction shows that being a handmaid and having to dress so modestly can alter how you think about yourself and …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how margaret atwood uses cultural and geographical surroundings to shape offred's psychological and moral traits as she tries to survive the society that she is forced to live in.
  • Analyzes how margaret atwood uses the culture of handmaids to change how offred sees and thinks about the world and others.
  • Analyzes how atwood uses geographical surroundings such as being assigned to commander waterford because he holds a lot of power; offred acts and thinks differently, is treated unlike the other handmaids and is held to higher standards.
  • Analyzes how atwood uses geographical surroundings such as the harshness of the society and the people living in to affect offred's morals.
  • Analyzes how margaret atwood uses cultural and geographical surroundings to shape offred's psychological and moral traits as she tries to survive the society that she is forced to live in.

Before the war handmaids had their own lives, families, and jobs but that’s all gone now; They have all been separated from their families and assigned to A Commander and his wife to have their child. Handmaids did not choose this life but it was forced upon them. The society which Offred is forced to live in shaped her in many ways. In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood uses cultural and geographical surroundings to shape Offred's psychological and moral traits as she tries to survive the society that she is forced to live, in hopes that she can rebel and make

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