The Importance Of Corruption In The Handmaid's Tale

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Imagine a world where you are confined to a room, you have no say in what your day to day life holds, you have no say in anything that happens in your life. This is not an imagination it is reality for the Handmaids in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood. In this story the narrator Offred describes what it is like to be her about her existence in an oppressive organization in a theocratic dictatorship world. “A theocracy dictatorship is a form of government in which a deity is officially recognized as the civil ruler and official policy is governed by officials regarded as divinely guided, or is pursuant to the doctrine of a particular religion or religious group” (Wikipedia). In this story the dictatorship takes place in Gilead, we…show more content…
The behavior of the women in the Red Center had their daily lives scheduled out, from taking a walk to going to the bathroom. As well as, their beliefs were ideologically restricted, and altered. Anything they previously believed was now seen as evil and unhealthy. In the Red Center the women were stripped of their old identities and given new ones that virtually looked like brainwashed obedient sex slaves. Offred reflects on the fact that the training seems to be working and changing the women when she said, “already we were losing the taste for freedom; already we were finding these walls secure” (Attwood 133). The Red center impacted these women’s mindsets so heavily they eventually just conformed to the way the Republic of Gilead expected them to be. They no longer needed to have assistance from the Aunts. Offred is thinking of her former life and says, “These habits of former times appear to me now lavish, decadent almost; immoral, like the orgies of barbarian regimes” (Attwood 113). Offred demonstrates how she is starting to think as the Aunts have instructed her to, and how Gilead expects her to think. This stemmed from Offred looking at a desk and having the ability to store books and pens in a desk, it shows how the indoctrination has truly changed Offreds way of
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