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The Handmaid's Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’, we hear a transcribed account of one womans posting ‘Offred’ in the Republic of Gilead. A society based around Biblical philosophies as a way to validate inhumane state practises. In a society of declining birth rates, fertile women are chosen to become Handmaids, walking incubators, whose role in life is to reproduce for barren wives of commanders. Older women, gay men, and barren Handmaids are sent to the colonies to clean toxic waste. Fear is power. Fear is ever-present in Gilead; it is implemented through violence and force....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Analysis Of ' The Handmaid 's Tale '

- ... I know all the details” (Atwood 84). She was once the mother of a daughter and a faithful wife, she worked at the library in the discing room, but soon lost her opportunity to work. Offred is supposed to be used for one purpose only: to get pregnant and have a child for her commander and his wife, but she fails to do that. Offred soon falls in love with Nick, who is the family chauffeur. This is the beginning of many unorthodox actions because Nick, in fact, is apart of the Underground Femaleroad....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Symbolism Of The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... What I feel towards them is blankness. What I feel is that I must not feel. What I feel is partly relief, because none of these men are Luke. Luke wasn’t a doctor. Isn’t.”(33). The main character Offred, was once married but was separated from her husband Luke, during the start of the war. Offred, believes that he may still be alive, but every time she looks at the wall she fears he will be hanging. This adds suspense to the reader whenever they are at the scene of the hanging wall that maybe her husband Luke could be the next one hanging....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Science fiction]

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The 's Handmaid 's Tale

- ... She discards the female and male sexual interactions, which is the only kind that the Republic of Gilead will accept. Moira also used her rejection of the interactions between people to form her basis to become a lesbian, which is a form of rebellion against the Republic. Moira is also the only character in the novel to stand up directly to the authority, and also at the same time rejecting the new identity that she was given. She reflected her disgust of the Republic of Gilead by escaping on her second try....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The 's Of The Handmaid 's Tale

- “Reality Control” is the concept that with manipulated information, if all records showed the same, the lie will eventually pass into history and become truth. Traditionally dystopias hold characteristics such as propaganda used to control and manipulate citizens, whilst banning other independent thoughts and freedoms. The only way the illusion of a perfect society is maintained is generally through the manipulation of the state on the individual. Though there is a degree of manipulation to benefit the states own interests in both texts, the focus in Fahrenheit 451 is much more to benefit the state as a whole, where The Handmaid’s Tale manipulate situations to benefit the states control over...   [tags: Dystopia, Fahrenheit 451, The Handmaid's Tale]

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The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... Her wanting so badly to return to the way things once were is the start of her unorthodoxy. If she does not like the society in which she lives, there is no reason for her to be following the rules that have been set for her. Offred hates the society where she cannot be who she really is. Her Unorthodox behavior escalates to a new level when she says: “I would like to know.” It sounds indecisive, stupid even, I say it without thinking. “Know what?” he says. “Whatever there is to know,” I say; but that’s too flippant....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale And Kindred

- ... Nobody ever comes back to tell you about it”(145). Here we see the disbelief in a slave that freedom was a real possibility. Tess compares freedom to heaven and thus makes it seem like a far off unattainable thing that is only achieved after death. Butler is commenting on the fact that this race of people had been beaten down so badly that freedom was not a realistic idea that the majority of the slaves thought was possible. Tess says “What others?” as if she doesn’t even think that freed slaves exist....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Slavery]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... In the Red Center, the Handmaids are forced to cooperate with the Aunts by electric cattle prods, this includes very little, controlled socialization between Handmaids. The lack of socialization is continued on into the homes of the commanders where the Handmaids have a controlled relationship, or lack thereof, with everyone in the house. Offred also mentions the Commander’s office and how he spends most of his time there when he is home, implying that he works in his office. In pre-Gilead children start school at the age of four, and depending on the school system, would take mandatory classes until the age of 18....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- “The Handmaid’s Tale”, a speculative fiction novel written by Margaret Atwood that describes an authoritarianism society created after the United States government was overthrown and became the Republic of Gilead. The objective of this takeover was to improve the environment, economy, and reverse the falling numbers in healthy births. All women’s rights were removed. They could not read, write, speak freely, or be in love. Their lives were controlled completely by Gilead. We are introduced to Offred, not her real name whose previous life with a husband, child, job, and money have all been taken away....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Science fiction]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, explores the concept of a dystopian totalitarian Christian theocracy, the Republic of Gilead, that overthrows the United States government at an unspecified point in the near future. Gilead enforces a highly controlled patriarchal and militaristic society based on fundamentalist biblical principles. This new order is necessitated by widespread infertility caused by toxic pollution and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as many women ceasing to want children....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... By wearing this uniform every day, Offred feels restricted as if she were in a prison cell. The obligatory wearing of a veil in Atwood 's dystopian society where women are silenced, oppressed and disempowered…it makes them nun-like, ostensibly pure, chaste, and virginal and it aids their effacement, actively disempowering them.” (David, 54-67.) Throughout the whole novel, Offred carries a bit of hope with her every day regardless the situation. She reminded herself of her memories to a time when she was carefree....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... They took everything from her. The change started with her job, her money, her rights and it wasn 't the kind of society that she wanted to live in, to raise her child in. Next, when she, her husband, and their little girl were caught trying to escape to a place where they could be free, the new government took them away from her too. In the present tense of the story Offred flashes back to these memories, the times when she was free and happy. These flashbacks are one of the ways that we see that she is unhappy with the way that the society is because of all that she has been through....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... Offred is looking for “gallantry from her, swashbuckling, heroism, single-handed combat.” (249). Instead, she finds a woman making understandable and seemingly defeated remarks about following the status quo and trying to get the best deal out of a bad situation. However, on page 243, Moira makes remarks about the men in control of society which reveal her hidden and small acts of rebellion: 'Who. ' she whispers back. 'That shit you 're with. I 've had him, he 's the pits. ' 'He 's my Commander, ' I say....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... These new laws did not allow women to even be able to read or write and ultimately gave men all the power. In the bible it say "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). Meek is meant to represent the humble loving and attitudes towards the people around them in the name of the lord. In the novel the sections which highlight meekness are used to have power over all women which the men crave. The only authorized religion that is allowed in Gilead is the one that benefits the state leaders....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid 's Tale : Gender Inequality

- ... Handmaids are not just the society’s wombs: they must be submissive; they cannot speak their mind, even to each other. No matter how much pain one woman is in, she must still follow God’s laws: "Blessed be the fruit," she says to me, the accepted greeting among us. "May the Lord open," I answer, the accepted response. (Chapter 3, page 15) Another way the women in The Handmaid’s Tale are unequal to men is in dress. In modern society it is normal to think of clothing as a way to express our personality and individuality....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Gender]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By Margret Atwood

- ... As Gilead reorganized their city to an Old Testament-inspired society, they referred all authoritative figures with some form of religious term attached to their title. For example The commander of the faithful were the high-ranking officials, the guardians of faith were the police force, the angels were the army, and the eyes were the secret police who watched over the citizens of Gilead. They are the eyes of God watching their every move. Gilead also had a classification for the women, the Wives, Econowives and Unwomen, however, the two who referred to the bible were the Martha’s and the Handmaids....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Bible]

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The Misogyny Of The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

- ... The protagonist’s mind was indoctrinated by Aunts to be accept the internalized oppression, and her fate. Aunt Lydia, and the other Aunts corral the Handmaid’s and teach them their purpose in life. The Aunts are the only representation of female power in The Handmaid’s Tale. At the Reeducation Center equipped with “cattle prods…and brain washing slogans” (118) the Aunts encourage and teach women to deceive and betray each other. “Danger was from the other [Handmaids]” not always the Aunts. (88) The aunts taught them that “friendship were suspicious” (87) Women couldn’t be friends....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- If this were to be a world similar to that of Offred’s in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, then this very essay would never even exist. This would be a world in which a woman would certainly not be allowed to sit at a computer and type out her thoughts. Writing, speaking, singing; these are all ways a woman, or any other person, can communicate their own feelings. However, being able to communicate one’s thoughts is not a privilege women can enjoy in Gilead. Women are allowed neither to read nor write, and even their everyday speech must be restrained....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale provides a look into a dystopian world of complete male dominance. Women have been entirely denied of their basic needs, and are no longer able to live as individuals. For decades preceding the creation of Gilead, women were regarded as subordinate to men. These inequalities often led women to believe they were inferior and lacked the knowledge and power men seemed to display. They were not granted access to voting rights, equal wages, or job opportunities. As the years progressed, women fought for equal rights; however, these accomplishments were soon revoked with the transition of the United States, into a totalitarian region known as The Republic of G...   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

- Ryan Lee 11-21-14 AP Literature Period 7 The Handmaids Tale Essay Whether women are equal to men or not this is an ongoing topic that brings to light many different opinions. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, is a fictional yet plausible story that Atwood uses to warn us of the possibility of our society changing into her dystopian fantasy. To convey her argument, Atwood uses the point of view of a women named Offred to demonstrate the morals and struggles of women in this male-dominated society known as Gilead....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: The Handmaid's Dystopia

- The Handmaid's Dystopia "The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is a dystopia about a world where unrealistic things take place. The events in the novel could never actually take place in our reality." This is what most people think and assume, but they're wrong. Look at the world today and in the recent past, and there are not only many situations that have ALMOST become a Gilead, but places that have been and ARE Gileadean societies. We're not in Kansas any more, Dorothy. Even today there are places in the world where there is startling similarity to this fictitious dystopia....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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A Handmaid's Tale

- A Handmaid's Tale A new society is created by a group of people who strengthen and maintain their power by any means necessary including torture and death. Margaret Atwood's book, A Handmaid's Tale, can be compared to the morning after a bad fight within an abusive relationship. Being surrounded by rules that must be obeyed because of being afraid of the torture that will be received. There are no other choices because there is control over what is done, who you see and talk to, and has taken you far away from your family....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Handmaid's Tale as a Biblical Allusion

- The Handmaid's Tale: A Biblical Allusion Imagine a country where choice is not a choice.  One is labeled by their age and economical status.  The deep red cloaks, the blue embroidered dresses, and the pinstriped attire are all uniforms to define a person's standing in society.  To be judged, not by beauty or personality or talents, but by the ability to procreate instead. To not believe in the Puritan religion is certain death.  To read or write is to die.  This definition is found to be true in the book, The Handmaid's Tale (1986) by Margaret Atwood....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Portents of the Monotheocracy in The Handmaid's Tale

- Portents of the Monotheocracy in The Handmaid's Tale        American society has had certain cultural and political forces which have proliferated over the past few decades-described as the return to traditional Christian values. Television commercials promoting family values followed by endorsements from specific denominations are on the rise. As the public has become more aware of a shift in the cultural and political climate through the mass media, Margaret Atwood, in writing The Handmaid's Tale, could have been similarly affected by this growing awareness of the public consciousness....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Twisted Beliefs of Gilead in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, one will find a town, Gilead, whose people have brainwashed themselves and created their own twisted truths about life. The people of this town are irrational; they tend to believe the things that they hear. The people of Gilead then take it and turn it into semi-truths and lies. Winston Churchill once said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get their pants on.” Their truths do nothing but harm others in the community....   [tags: The Handmaid’s Tale]

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The Handmaid's Tale and Family Values

- The Handmaid's Tale and Family Values In the olden days, religion and politics went hand in hand. The church either ran the land or had a strangle hold on the people. If the church thought there was one way to do something, one had to do as the church requested or suffer great penalty. To go against the church was to go against God, and that meant death. The king was supposed to be chosen by God to rule the people in the way he commanded. The king was the closest thing to God on earth....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Importance of the Narrator of The Handmaid's Tale

- The Importance of the Narrator of The Handmaid's Tale The creation of Offred, the passive narrator of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, was intentional. The personality of the narrator in this novel is almost as important as the task bestowed upon her. Atwood chooses an average women, appreciative of past times, who lacks imagination and fervor, to contrast the typical feminist, represented in this novel by her mother and her best friend, Moira. Atwood is writing for a specific audience, though through careful examination, it can be determined that the intended audience is actually the mass population....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Feminism Lost in Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, the human spirit has evolved to such a point that it cannot be subdued by complacency. Atwood shows Gilead as an extremist state with strong religious connotations. We see the outcome of the reversal of women’s rights and a totalitarian government which is based on reproduction. Not only is the government oppressive, but we see the female roles support and enable the oppression of other female characters. “This is an open ended text,…conscious of the possibilities of deconstruction, reconstruction, and reinterpretation … Atwood engages in metafictional commentary …in her storytelling and by the time the reader arrives at the text, Atwood has already to...   [tags: The Handmaid’s Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood tells a saddening story about a not-to-distant future where toxic chemicals and abuses of the human body have resulted in many men and women alike becoming sterile. The main character, Offred, gives a first person encounter about her subservient life as a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a republic formed after a bloody coup against the United States government. She and her fellow handmaids are fertile women that the leaders of Gilead, the Commanders, enslave to ensure their power and the population of the Republic....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- I Tell, Therefore I Am In Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, women are subjected to unthinkable oppression. Practically every aspect of their life is controlled, and they are taught to believe that their only purpose is to bear children for their commander. These “handmaids” are not allowed to read, write or speak freely. Any type of expression would be dangerous to the order of the Gilead’s strict society. They are conditioned to believe that they are safer in this new society. Women are supposedly no longer exploited or disrespected (pornography, rape, etc.) as they once were....   [tags: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale]

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The Handmaid's Tale

- The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaids Tale, written by Margaret Attwood, goes on to explore the consequences that come to be from the reversal of womens rights in a society called Gilead. It is what one can consider a cautionary tale. In the new world of Gilead, a group of conservative religious extremists have taken power, and have turned the sexual revolution upside down. The society of Gilead is founded on what is to be considered a return to traditional values, gender roles and the subjugation of women by men, and the Bible is used as the guiding principle....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Imagery in the Handmaid’s Tale

- There are two kinds of freedom: freedom to, and freedom from. Historically, women in the United States have fought philosophical battles in and out of the home to achieve "freedom to" and have been successful. But what if society suddenly took away these freedoms. What if American women were suddenly returned to their cloistered state of old in which their only freedom was the freedom from the dangers of the surrounding world. Then again, did women ever truly achieve "freedom to" at all....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale The Historical Notes are important in the way we perceive the novel as they answer many important questions raised by the novel and also enhance some of the novels main themes. The first question it answers is the one raised at the end of the novel; that is whether Offred is stepping up into the,'darkness,' or the, 'light.' The reader finds out that Offred escaped Gilead, presumably into Canada, with the help of the,'Underground Femaleroad.' The reader also learns that it was Nick who orchestrated her escape, using his position as a member of the Eyes....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Interpreting The Handmaid's Tale

- Interpreting The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale is distinguished by its various narrative and structural divisions. It contains four different levels of narrative time: the pre-Revolution past, the time of the Revolution itself, the Gileadean period, and the post-Gileadean period (LeBihan 100). In addition, the novel is divided into two frames, both with a first person narrative. Offred's narrative makes up the first frame, while the second frame is provided by the Historical Notes, a transcript of a lecture given by a Cambridge professor....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Love of God replaces love of humanity in Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred’s recollections of her past life, especially of her husband, are ones filled with passion and happiness as she remembers his tenderness towards her. Much more emphasis is put on the physical human form in her memories; she often remembers lying with her husband while she wears little or no clothing. Appreciation of the human form is an essential component of loving humanity....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid Tale Essays]

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Essay on the Religious Right and The Handmaid's Tale

- The Religious Right and The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States. A religious extremist right-wing movement assassinated the president and congress and took complete control of the government. The constitution was suspended and liberties revoked. Women found themselves completely subordinated in the new regime, generally assigned to the legal care of a male "guardian." Offred, the main character of the story, was fortunate in many ways....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Essay on A Society of Oppression in A Handmaid's Tale

- A Society of Oppression in A Handmaid's Tale      As the saying goes, 'history repeats itself.' If one of the goals of Margaret Atwood was to prove this particular point, she certainly succeeded in her novel A Handmaid's Tale. In her Note to the Reader, she writes, " The thing to remember is that there is nothing new about the society depicted in The Handmaiden's Tale except the time and place. All of the things I have written about ...have been done before, more than once..." (316). Atwood seems to choose only the most threatening, frightening, and atrocious events in history to parallel her book by--specifically the enslavement of African Americans in the United States....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Essay on the Character of Offred in The Handmaid's Tale

- The Character of Offred in The Handmaid's Tale Offred is one of the main characters in The Handmaid's Tale. She was the faithful wife of Luke, mother of an eleven month old child and a working woman, before she entered the Republic of Gilead. She was given the name "Offred", when she entered Gilead. This was to make it known that she was a handmaid. Offred becomes psychologically programmed in Gilead as a handmaid, and the mistress of the commander who is in power of all things....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Handmaid 's Tale By A Dystopian Society Driven By Numerous Abuses On Women

- The Handmaid’s Tale is a story of a dystopian society driven by numerous abuses on women. The concept of intellectual abuse of power is very broad in manner of punishing women in the state of Gilead. The main character, Offred, demonstrates how the ideology of the upper class government in Gilead is used to suppress and abuse the lower class woman, by the Commanders and the Aunts; who fall under a high-up in Gilead’s hierarchy. She is forced to enter the cruel place like Gilead, where woman are treated worst than animals....   [tags: The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood, Abuse]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Chapter nine opening section two of the novel is mainly recalling the last chapters and about the narrator rediscovering herself, surfacing the truth. In section one we see the narrator talking in the present tense in a very descriptive form, outlining the novel. However in section two we see her talking in the past tense demonstrating the stories she is telling. The separation between the human and the natural world and the narrator’s struggle with language most directly portrays the novel's dualities....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Dystopia in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- The Dystopia in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Offred is a Handmaid in what used to be the United States, now the theocratic Republic of Gilead. In order to create Gilead's idea of a more perfect society, they have reverted to taking the Book of Genesis at its word. Women no longer have any privileges; they cannot work, have their own bank accounts, or own anything. The also are not allowed to read or even chose who they want to marry. Women are taught that they should be subservient to men and should only be concerned with bearing children....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Essay on The Handmaid's Tale as a Warning to Society

- The Handmaid's Tale as a Warning to Society Margaret Atwood's renowned science fiction novel, The Handmaid's Tale, was written in 1986 during the rise of the opposition to the feminist movement. Atwood, a Native American, was a vigorous supporter of this movement. The battle that existed between both sides of the women's rights issue inspired her to write this work. Because it was not clear just what the end result of the feminist movement would be, the author begins at the outset to prod her reader to consider where the story will end....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Offred's Narrative Technique in The Handmaid's Tale

- Offred affects every single aspect of "The Handmaid's Tale", so, in order to understand her narrative technique better, her character must also be considered.             Offred is nostalgic, she longs for her pre-Gilead past with which she still identifies very strongly. She is, however, realistic in her longing; she knows that the past was not perfect, that it was no utopia, but she just longs for a situation preferable to her present one, "...We lived, as usual, by ignoring...". Another strong reason for to long for the past is that she was basically happy there, she had a daughter and a lover, both of which she was removed from by the Gilead regime....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: An Analysis

- The Handmaid's Tale The novel, The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood focuses on the choices made by the society of Gilead in which the preservation and security of mankind is more highly regarded than freedom or happiness. This society has undergone many physical changes that have led to extreme psychological ramifications. I think that Ms. Atwood believes that the possibility of our society becoming as that of Gilead is very evident in the choices that we make today and from what has occured in the past....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Atwood's Attention to Words in The Handmaid's Tale

- Atwood's Attention to Words in The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaids Tale illustrates that dictatorship can be established by creating a state of fear once language controls are instituted. As a tradition to dystopian novels, Atwood has drawn much attention to the meaning of words and the significance of names, as well as the prohibition for women to read or write, in order to portray Gilead as a successful totalitarian state. Atwood is trying to make the point that in a dystopian world, language can be the power....   [tags: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: The Struggle of Women

- The Struggle of Women in The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale This is a futuristic novel that takes place in the northern part of the USA sometime in the beginning of the twenty-first century, in the oppressive and totalitarian Republic of Gilead. The regime demands high moral retribution and a virtuous lifestyle. The Bible is the guiding principle. As a result of the sexual freedom, free abortion and high increase of venereal diseases at the end of the twentieth century, many women, (and men also, but that is forbidden to say), are sterile....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Symbolism and Loss of Identity in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Symbolism and Loss of Identity in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Offred recounts the story of her life and that of others in Gilead, but she does not do so alone. The symbolic meanings found in the dress code of the women, the names/titles of characters, the absence of the mirror, and the smell and hunger imagery aid her in telling of the repugnant conditions in the Republic of Gilead. The symbols speak with a voice of their own and in decibels louder than Offred can ever dare to use....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays Atwood ]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: The Red Motif

- The Red Motif in The Handmaid's Tale In the dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale" written by Margaret Atwood, the recurrent appearance of the color red draws an interesting yet perverse parallel between femininity and violence. The dominant color of the novel, red is associated with all things female. However, red is also the color of blood; death and violence therefore are closely associated with women in this male-dominated ultraconservative government. We are first introduced to the color red when the narrator is describing how she gets dressed: "The red gloves are lying on the bed....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Essay on Food as a Control Mechanism in Handmaid's Tale

- Food as a Control Mechanism in Handmaid's Tale Food traditionally represents comfort, security, and family. We recall the traditional concept of comfort food and the large family dinners in Norman Rockwell's piece Freedom from Want. However, for many, food is also a serious, and potentially damaging, method of control. Anorexia nervosa and bulimia are classic examples of psychological syndromes, related to control, that express themselves with eating disorders. Prisoners of war are denied food as the most basic method of torture and control....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Women in the Handmaid's Tale: Objectification and Value in Reproductive Qualities

- Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale is a work of speculative fiction. The Republic of Gilead is a dystopic society, especially for the women. Women in the novel are stripped of their freedom, while men are entitled to a portion of their freedom. This novel is one that illustrates inequality towards women. A focus for the Republic of Gilead is to increase the declining birth rate. Within the phallocentric society of the Republic of Gilead, re-population results in women being objectified and valued for their reproductive qualities....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: The Oppression of Women

- The Oppression of Women in Handmaids Tale         Within freedom should come security. Within security should come freedom. But in Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood, it seems as though there is no in between. Atwood searches throughout the novel for a medium between the two, but in my eyes fails to give justice to a woman’s body image. Today's society has created a fear of beauty and sexuality in this image. It is as though a beautiful woman can be just that, but if at the same time, if she is intelligent and motivated within acting as a sexual being, she is thought of as exploiting herself and her body....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: Men Will be Men

- Men Will be Men in The Handmaid's Tale Perhaps the most frightening aspect of Offred's world is not even its proximity, but its occasional attractiveness. The idea that women need strict protection from harm is not one espoused solely by the likes of Rush Limbaugh or Pat Buchanan, but also by women like Andrea Dworkin and Catharine MacKinnon. This protectionist variety of feminism is incorporated in the character of Offred's mother, and to a certain degree in Aunt Lydia. Offred's mother is just as harsh in her censorship of pornography as any James Dobson....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Romantic Love in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Romantic Love in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In her novel The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood addresses the concept of different expression of romantic love through the eyes of Offred, a woman who has lost almost all her freedom to a repressive, dystopic society. Throughout her struggle against oppression and guilt, Offred's view evolves, and it is through this process that Atwood demonstrates the nature of love as it develops under the most austere of circumstances. The first glimses of romantic love one notes in this novel are the slivers of Offred's memeories of Luke, her husband from whom she has been separated....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel and Film

- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale: Novel and Film The Handmaid's Tale, a science-fiction novel written by Margaret Atwood, focuses on women's rights and what could happen to them in the future. This novel was later made into a movie in 1990. As with most cases of books made into movies, there are some similarities and differences between the novel and the film. Overall the film tends to stay on the same track as the book with a few minor details changed, and only two major differences. Atwood sets the story not too far into the future, and the women have lost almost all of their rights....   [tags: Compare Contrast Handmaid Atwood Essays]

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Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Imagine if you can, living in a world that tells you what you are to wear, where to live, as well as your position and value to society. In Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, she shows us the Republic of Gilead does just that. Offred, the main character, is a Handmaid, whose usefulness is her ovaries. Handmaids are ordered to live in a house with a Commander, his wife, and once a month attempt to become pregnant by the Commander....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Atwood Margaret Essays]

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Society in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “Atwood’s feminism is an integral part of her critical approach, just as her concept of criticism is inseparable from her creative work” Walter Pache (1). A dystopia is a fictional society, usually existing in a future time period, in which the condition of life is extremely difficult due to deprivation, oppression or terror. In most dystopian fiction, a corrupt government creates or sustains the poor quality of life, often conditioning the masses to believe the society is proper and just, even perfect....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood Essays]

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The Handmaid’s Tale

- The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. draw on different narrative techniques to establish our relationship to their protagonists. Margaret Atwood allows the reader to share the thoughts of the main character, while Philip K. Dick makes the reader explore the mysteries behind the story. Atwood’s style works because she can directly show her readers what she wants. Dick’s opposing style works for him because he can present paradoxes and mysteries and let the reader form the conclusion....   [tags: Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale Essays]

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The United States as a Dystopian society in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale

- In the Days of Anarchy To live in a country such as the United States of America is considered a privilege. The liberties that American citizens are entitled to, as declared in the Constitution, makes the United States an attractive and envied democracy. It would be improbable to imagine these liberties being stripped from American society. However, Margaret Atwood depicts the United States as a dystopian society in her novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The first society is modern America, with its autonomy and liberal customs....   [tags: Margaret Atwood Handmaid's Tale]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: Life and Times of Margaret Atwood

- The Life and Times of Margaret Atwood Three Sources Cited Atwood was born in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 18, 1939. She lived in a cabin in the Canadian wilderness for most of her childhood (her father was a forest entomologist), and that is where she gained her love for books and reading - probably from boredom. She also took up writing during this time, at the age of six (Margaret Atwood). Sshe came to want ot be a writer her senior year in high school when she says, "all of a sudden a big thumb came out of the sky and touched my head and a poem was formed." Who would have thought that the young girl who lived in the woods would grow to become a prominent female writer and po...   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Free Handmaid's Tale Essays: Offred

- Offred of The Handmaids Tale I have decided to analyze the main character Offred because she seams to feel trapped in this new society. She speaks very openly about the situation thats she's in and plays her actions very well. I will do an overall analysis of her actions. Offred is a very strange character. She follows the new rules of her society unlike her rebellious friend Moira. But you can also tell that Offred misses her family very much and she always goes back in her head to remember the past....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Handmaid's Tale

- In Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’, we hear a transcribed account of one womans posting ‘Offred’ in the Republic of Gilead. A society based around Biblical philosophies as a way to validate inhumane state practises. In a society of declining birth rates, fertile women are chosen to become Handmaids, walking incubators, whose role in life is to reproduce for barren wives of commanders. Older women, gay men, and barren Handmaids are sent to the colonies to clean toxic waste. Fear is power. Fear is ever-present in Gilead; it is implemented through violence and force....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Rebellion in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Rebellion in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale "Rebels defy the rules of society, risking everything to retain their humanity. If the world Atwood depicts is chilling, if 'God is losing,' the only hope for optimism is a vision that includes the inevitability of human struggle against the prevailing order." -Joyce Johnson- Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale analyzes human nature by presenting an internal conflict in Offred: acceptance of current social trends (victim mentality) -vs- resistance for the sake of individual welfare and liberties (humanity)....   [tags: Handmaids Tale]

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The Red Symbol in The Handmaid's Tale

- In the dystopian novel, "The Handmaid's Tale" written by Margaret Atwood, the color red is a reoccurring, significant symbol throughout the book. The dominant color of the novel, the color red is paired with the Handmaids. The Handmaids are always seen in their red uniform, even down to their red shoes and red gloves. From the opening pages of the novel we are informed that they are trained at the “Red Centre,” and we are introduced to the importance of the red imagery as Offred, the narrator and protagonist of the novel, describes herself getting dressed: “The red gloves are lying on the bed....   [tags: Literature, Margaret Atwood]

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A Nation of Indoctrination: "The Handmaid's Tale"

- The society established by the Republic of Gilead in “The Handmaid’s Tale” is founded on and sustained by false doctrine. They intentionally twist and skew the Bible in order to justify their actions and brainwash the women who are involuntarily participating in their indoctrinated society. The Gilead does not treat the Bible as the divine word of God. Instead, they exploit its authority and use it as a tool for their own benefit. The very framework of the Gilead’s social hierarchy is in sharp contradiction to everything the Bible teaches, but because they are so corrupt and only use the Bible for their own advantage, they seem not to care....   [tags: Margaret Atwood, literary analysis]

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The Handmaid's Tale: Societal Complacency

- After reading the Handmaid's Tale, I felt that Societal Complacency was the most critical aspect to the success of the Gilead Society. The Republic of Gilead is a run by a strict Old Testament religious doctrine. This government does not tolerate anyone who does not conform, it is run mostly by fear. Fear of death or the wall or being sent to radioactive colonies. This new government is cruel towards women, it robbed them of their humanity under the guise of protecting them. This new republic has forced women to give up jobs, forbidden them from reading, they control or regulate sexual activity as well as reproduction and birth, they have also prohibited or limited speech between women and e...   [tags: Gilead society, fear, Margaret Artwood]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Imagine growing up in a society where all women are useful for is to reproduce. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an excellent novel of what could potentially be the fate of the future one day. The main character, Offred, moves into a new home where she is there to perform “rituals” with the Commander, head of the house, so she can hopefully reproduce herself. Basically, she is a sex slave and birthing a healthy child is all she is wanted for. Also if she does have a child then she will be treated better, so it can be stressful for these women....   [tags: Women, Gender Roles, Reproduction]

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Mythology Is The Handmaid Of Literature

- ... The creation of these representations early on suggests to us that ancient cultures, such as the Greek, began to think of men being the more dominant, elevated sex; while females would demonstrate the feeble, submissive gender. This vastly contrasting difference between men and women is a possible correlation of how society has been created today. As reported by a recent CNN article, only 14.2% of women hold a high executive positions throughout Fortune 500 companies. (Egan) This low percentage could possibly be contributed to the followings of men being of a higher power over women; representing how the hierarchy of the genders in Ancient Greek was influential on today’s society....   [tags: Greek mythology, Zeus, Mythology, Prometheus]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from,” (Atwood 24). The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Margaret Atwood, is a novel set in the near future where societal roles have severely changed. The most notable change is that concerning women. Whereas, in the past, women have been gaining rights and earning more “freedom to’s”, the women in the society of The Handmaid’s Tale have “freedom froms”....   [tags: freedom, offred, women]

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Patriarchal Values Of The Handmaid 's Tale

- ... When Offred and Ofglen take their first walk they come upon the Wall. Hung up there are two men labeled “gender traitors”. These men were most likely gay or bisexual, and were having relations with each other. This act is unacceptable to this society; having gay sex feminizes the men performing the act, and a feminine man is worthless in this society. So worthless that the law breakers are put to death instead of separated, berated, or gently punished. The crime of not expressing one hundred percent masculinity at all times is punished by death....   [tags: Gender role, Sociology, Gender, Woman]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Restrictions

- “The Handmaid’s Tale”, by Margaret Atwood, is a documentary of the gender roles in the Gilead society and the quantity of restrictions placed on women. The purpose of Atwood’s book is to provide the readers a sense of reality. She attempts to convey the message that life can change in a moment and warns the inhabitants to not take advantage of the present day society. Readers of Atwood’s book should listen to her message because she wrote the book in a time period of the future so through her book she is making a prediction....   [tags: restrictions placed on pleople, inhuman]

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Feminism in "Top Girls" and "The Handmaid's Tale"

- Both Top Girls and The Handmaid’s Tale relate to contemporary political issues and feminism. Top Girls was written by Caryl Churchill, a political feminist playwright, as a response to Thatcher’s election as a first female British Prime Minister. Churchill was a British social feminist in opposition to Thatcherism. Top Girls was regarded as a unique play about the challenges working women face in the contemporary business world and society at large. Churchill once wrote: ‘Playwrights don’t give answers, they ask questions’, [6] and I think she is proving it in Top Girls: she brings up many tough questions over the course of the play, including what success is and if women’s progress in the w...   [tags: Feminism]

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The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... A woman will become a Martha if she is unable to reproduce. The Martha’s job is to look after the families. She has to care for the family, protect them, and to comfort them at all times. The Wives job is to essentially have her family. The wife is to make sure the Handmaid has her child and she is to be calm and peaceful. A woman would become one of the Wives if she was already married to her husband before the laws in their society changed. The color of clothing that the women wear is an important element because it helps to show the women’s power and privileges....   [tags: story analysis]

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The Handmaid’s Tale

- Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, like so many other dystopias before it, seeks to warn of disaster to come through the lens of its author’s society. In the breadth of its dystopian brethren, Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale reflects not a society destroyed, but a society reorganized to disastrous effect. The reorganization of Offred’s world is not one of simple misogyny, corruption, or political ideas, instead, as in 1984; the focus of this new world order lies in the destruction of the individual and with that, all concepts of personal gain, satisfaction, and desire....   [tags: Literature]

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The Handmaids Tale - Social Situation

- The Handmaids Tale - Social Situation Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaids Tale belongs to the genre of anti-utopian (dystopian) science fiction where we read about a woman's fictive autobiography of a nightmarish United States at the end of the twentieth century when democratic institutions have been violently overthrown and replaced by the new fundamentalist republic of Gilead. In the novel the majority of the population are suppressed by using a "Bible-based" religion as an excuse for the suppression....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Future in Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"

- Will society ever reach a point where it is considered the “natural norm” by all to be completely controlled by a regime. It is impossible to imagine that such a point could ever exist, as all people would have different beliefs, values and expectations according to their past experiences. In The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, the oppressive Gilead regime enforces their new ideals on the unsuspecting population. When compared with our contemporary society, the Gilead rule shows us our world in a different and more critical light and shocks us with what we see....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Atwood's Handmaid's Tale

- The Handmaid's Tale presents an extreme example of sexism and misogyny by featuring the complete objectification of women in the society of Gilead. Yet by also highlighting the mistreatment of women in the cultures that precede and follow the Gileadean era, Margaret Atwood is suggesting that sexism and misogyny are deeply embedded in any society and that serious and deliberate attention must be given to these forms of discrimination in order to eliminate them. One of the more obvious examples of sexism that Atwood presents can be seen in her presentation of pre-Gilead society....   [tags: Misogyny, Sexism]

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The Satire of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- The Handmaid's Tale has been described as a scathing satire and a dire warning. Which elements of our own society is Margaret atwood satirising and how does her satire work . Atwood tries to open our eyes by satirising our society with a brilliant contrasting novel. Dystopian in every way, the reader encounters a world in which modern values of our society seem/ are replaceable. Showing the worst of all possible outcomes, she demonstrates that our primarily heartless, just economical thinking could bring the downfall of our society....   [tags: literary genre, Satirical]

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Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale is a gripping novel about one woman's struggle through a revolution of extremism. In this society of severe military rule, her position is one of slavery were she is used for breeding. She is under constant surveillance and any miscue she makes can result in death. We follow her along this path as she meets different characters, goes through daring situations, and reflects on her former life. The thing about the novel that is so striking is seeing all the human emotions and the characters adapt in the most inhumane of times....   [tags: Atwood Handmaid's Tale]

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The Handmaids Tale

- The Handmaids Tale In Margaret Atwoods novel, "The Handmaids Tale", the birth rate in the United States had dropped so low that extremists decided to take matters into their own hands by killing off the government, taking over themselves, and reducing the womens role in society to that of a silent birthing machine. One handmaid describes what happened and how it came about as she, too, is forced to comply with the new order. Before the new order, known as the Sons of Jacob, took over, women had a lot to be afraid of....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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The Handmaid's Tale

- The Handmaid's Tale Serena Joy is the most powerful female presence in the hierarchy of Gileadean women; she is the central character in the dystopian novel, signifying the foundation for the Gileadean regime. Atwood uses Serena Joy as a symbol for the present dystopian society, justifying why the society of Gilead arose and how its oppression had infiltrated the lives of unsuspecting people. Atwood individualises the character of Serena Joy, as her high status in the society demands power and the domination over the inferior members of the Commander’s household, such as Offred – a handmaid....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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