Moralistic Issues In The Handmaid's Tale

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Red cloaks, blue cloaks, green cloaks, men. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is like any dystopian future in that its themes are guided by the past. From Ender’s Game and Hunger Games to Fahrenheit 451, moralistic issues in society are challenged through the pages of these novels; The Handmaid's Tale is no exception. Made a handmaid to produce babies and curb a declining population, Offred transitions in her mental state through dramatic changes as she metamorphosizes from a women hesitant and resistant to her newfound role to one accepting of it, and new ideologies infiltrate her such as the honor of her position and the righteous, goodness of Iliad--a future society riddled with imperfections, where Offred now resides. She is a red, a…show more content…
Offred learns to accept reality and maintain her sanity, but Atwood comments on the perils of doing so. In some ways, this story tells not of a far-off future, but a tale already heard before, the tale of the modern world. Much like women worldwide, the handmaids are alike in that they face a mutual dilemma. They are forced to accept an unjust reality and are changed greatly because of it. First Offred is forced to abandon her family and her societal role to assume a new one, she “[yearns] for the future,” where this reality no longer exists. The reds have a “talent for insatiability” that always remains “in the air”(3-4). Yet, this fundamental longing for change, for the progress of women, is one that has been present in culture for many centuries. Atwood’s depiction of Offred’s desire for a new reality is one that many individuals in society already aspire to obtain, for they currently face dystopian-like circumstances of being silenced much like the handmaids. Offred “[tries] not to think too much” because while she is intelligent
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