Lemke, Melanie. Religious Fundamentalism In Margaret Atwood 's "The Handmaid 's Tale". 1st ed. Norderdtedt: GRIN Verlag, 2009. Web.
In this published seminar paper by Melanie Lemke, the topic of religious fundamentalism in the fictional world of Gilead is discussed. The first couple of chapters describe Christian and Islamic fundamentalism. The preceding chapters describe a reflection of Offred’s mother and her fight for women’s rights in the time before Gilead. Finally, the paper speaks about the religious fundamentalism in The Handmai...
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...hapter, deals with repression and identity in Gilead. The authors claim that in order to suppress individuality and maintain the regime, Gilead rewrites history, asserts governmental control on all forms of media, and leaves only gossip as an independent source of knowledge. The final idea mentioned within this chapter is entitle “Resistance and Complicity” which focuses on Offred’s struggle to maintain her identity in a society where it is seen as a form of resistance. In relation to this topic, the authors describe the extreme power of Gilead by stating that it affects every thought and act of Offred’s existence and neutralizes resistance by transforming it into support for the system. Utopian Studies contains scholarly articles and is a published work by the Penn State University Press, considering these facts, I believe it is a reliable and trustworthy source.
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