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Handmaids Tale: Destruction of Family

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In society today families are falling apart and getting divorced. Not all families of course but the percent rate is higher year after year. Destroy means “to wreck; ruin” (Webster’s 169). This is what most people would say about their family if their parents were no longer together. In Gilead this is what all families are saying. The government has destroyed the families by taking away the women and giving them to other families like a piece of property.
In Gilead most of the wives can no longer have children. Keeping a town alive requires reproduction. In order to do this the government groups all the women able to have children together. They are called handmaids and they are basically like a mistress, “they are continual reminders of the Wives’ failures to conceive” (Callaway 55). When the handmaids go to the commander’s room there is only one thing it is for. They are trying to get pregnant. During the intercourse of the commander and the handmaid the wife is in the room watching. Not only does she watch but she holds the handmaids hand. “Serena Joy grips my hands as if it is she, not I, who’s being fucked” (Atwood 94).
The government in Gilead is afraid that because there are not many women able to reproduce that the town is going to fall apart. They have come up with a solution to make sure there is enough reproduction every year to make a town. Piling all the women together and sending them to different homes to reproduce is what they thought was best. Once the handmaids have a child with a commander then they give up the child to the commander’s wife.
Nobody wants to see their husband with another woman. They especially do not want to sit in a room and watch them have sex with that woman. Which is what they are forced...

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...nships. Everybody would be left single and just sleeping around in order to get children to make the community grow. Of course this would be an organized sleeping around. With everybody separating and giving up their children to be raised by someone else, the town would fall apart. One needs a relationship to make one’s self feel better. One wants to have those friendships, but with everybody being with everybody it is hard to be able to trust another person.

Works Cited
Atwood, M. (1998). The Handmaid's Tale. New York: Anchor Books.
Callaway, A. A. (2008). Women Disunited: Margaret Atwood's The handmaid's tale as a critique of feminism. SJSU ScholarWorks , 48-58.
Cooper, P. (n.d.). Sexual Surveillance and Medical Authority in Two Versions of The Handmaid's Tale. 56.
Guralnik, D. B. (1983). Webster's New World Dictionary. New York: A Warner Communications Company.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how gilead's government has destroyed the families by taking away the women and giving them to other families like a piece of property.
  • Explains that in gilead most of the wives can no longer have children. keeping a town alive requires reproduction.
  • Explains that the government in gilead is afraid that because there are not many women able to reproduce, the town will fall apart. piling all the women together and sending them to different homes is what they thought was best.
  • Opines that nobody wants to see their husband with another woman, especially if they don't want to sit in a room and watch them have sex with that woman. knowing one cannot have kids and someone has to reproduce for one would cause jealousy.
  • Analyzes how the town decides to change how they are going to live their life by banning them from employment and forbidding their property, or access assets, rendering them virtual prisoners within their homes.
  • Opines that the government does this to show the women what is about to come. they need to get used to this so they are not shocked when the change comes.
  • Explains that when one only has one source of income one might need to cut back on things. this can cause tension between a family because they do not agree on when to use the money.
  • Opines that the guardians take the women from their families. the government is behind all of this. one does not want to be killed for not following a simple order.
  • Opines that the government is trying to get the population back up and get enough women that are able to reproduce in the community.
  • Opines that taking the mom away destroys a family and hurts the child's emotions.
  • Analyzes how serena encourages offred to have sex with a guardian, nick, to ensure they don't fall in love with their husband.
  • Opines that the government does not want these relationships happening. the handmaids are only supposed to be with the commanders.
  • Analyzes how the relationship destroys offred because she still wants luke, her previous husband. if life were to go back to normal and she saw luke again who knows what it would be like.
  • Analyzes how one family can destroy another family by getting involved in their relationship.
  • Opines that if we continued on the path that the handmaids tale shows we are going to be on, there would be no relationships. one needs a relationship to make one’s self feel better.
  • Describes the works of margaret atwood, who wrote the handmaid's tale as a critique of feminism.
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