Handmaids

  • Symbolism In Handmaids

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    red: the color of blood, which define us”(8). “We are for breeding purposes: we aren’t concubines, geishas, courtesans”(136). The color red serves as a warning or reminder of the handmaids’ purpose. Red symbolizes blood from birth. Red also serves as warning for bloodbath-death. The handmaids are reminded their duty is to give birth. If they don’t compromise, they will be punished through torture: female mutilation or even death. 2. How do other characters, such as Janine, Moira

  • THe Handmaids tale

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    The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood follows the life of a Handmaid, Offred, in the days after the United States. An oppressive regime has taken over the United States, which is now called Gilead. Gilead is run by religious radicals who use fear to rule its people. Women, now stripped of many of their rights must live in a world where they are assigned to their roles by the government. Offred is a Handmaid whose main purpose of living is to bare the children for the man she is assigned. Being watched

  • The Handmaids Tale

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    Unorthodox behavior is displayed by the characters in the book titled The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood. In this book the Republic of Gilead has taken over the United States of America. Handmaids are assigned to specific elite couples to reproduce children due to low reproduction rates. A girl named Offred is assigned to be the handmaiden for the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy. Nick is classified as Guardian; he is the chauffeur and works in the garden for the Commander and Serena Joy. The

  • Handmaids Tale

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    Handmaids Tale In what ways can The Handmaid&rsquos Tale be considered a feminist novel? The Handmaid&rsquos Tale is narrated by an oppressed woman, so it is to be expected that feminism becomes a recurring theme. Women have no rights or money unless they have a valid marriage to a man. They are given few options&ndash if they are fertile they can become sex slaves&ndash&lsquo womb on legs&rsquo to Commanders or choose to go to the colonies. Infertile women or&lsquo unwomen&rsquo are

  • The Handmaids Tale

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    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.  

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    other women. Aunt’s are responsible for getting the handmaids ready for their society. They pound the ideas of the new culture into the handmaid’s head so that when they enter it seems normal. Handmaids are the next class, they are the only women who can reproduce they are forced to have children for upper class couples women are often compromised by a forced sexual nature, thereby allowing them to be blamed for problems of conception. Handmaids show which Commander owns them by adopting their Commanders’

  • Handmaids Analysis

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    from abandoning the women’s freedom to be literate, restricting the civil rights of the handmaids plays an equivalent role in limiting the women’s freedom. Ever since Gilead, a totalitarian society came into existence, the handmaids have lost the right of freely being able to interact with each other. When the handmaids were at the Red Center, they were declared to obey ground rules and listen to Aunts. The handmaids were bound to make any connection with others yet they “learned to whisper almost without

  • Handmaids Tale

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    own good. . . . All of us here will lick you into shape, says Aunt Lydia, with satisfied cheer." Women that have passed their menopause or are infertile called ‘Aunts’ were chosen to train the Handmaids since, being women, they would be more trusted by the Handmaids. The Aunts try to convince the Handmaids that society as they now know it is much better than before. They argue that "Women were not protected then Women lived by an unwritten set of rules:" such as "Don't open your door to a stranger"

  • Handmaids Tale

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    Many of the principles of Gilead are based on Old Testament beliefs. Discuss Atwoods use of biblical allusions and their political significance in the novel.       ‘The Handmaids Tale’ is a book full of biblical allusions, before Atwood begins the text an epigraph gives us an extract from Genesis 30: 1-3 “And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said unto Jacob, Give me children, or else I die. And Jacob’s anger was kindled against

  • Analysis Of A Handmaid

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    When Gilead first enforced its laws and Offred became a Handmaid, Offred had to leave a whole family and a love behind which allowed her a new start; one that she did not take full advantage of. Offred had a toxic relationship with Luke and she also has a toxic relationship with Nick, therefore there is no evidence that shows that Offred will have any different of a relationship with Nick. Living in such a judgmental environment like this one, Offred must be very cautious of what she does. She must

  • Handmaids Tale

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    Handmaids Tale In the course Y2k and The End of The World, we've studied apocalyptic themes, eschatology, and for some, teleology. Apocalypse, which is to unveil or reveal, eschatology, which is a concept of the end, and teleology, the end or purpose to which we are drawn, are all themes used in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. The book is apocalyptic in that it revolves around dystopian ideals. Atwood creates a world in which worst-case scenarios take control and optimistic viewpoints

  • Handmaids Tale

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    they are being controlled by the society? In Margaret Atwood¡¯s The Handmaid¡¯s Tale, the theme of control is a very important factor of the book. In the story, at the Republic of Gilead, the women are being controlled by the society to do what the society wants them to do. The handmaids are brainwashed before they start working for the society. But since the brainwashing happens so naturally over a period of time, the handmaids don¡¯t fully realize that they have been brainwashed by the society

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    etc. Women were looked at as the weaker sex. The oppression in Gilead is no different. These women are oppressed by the patriarchy. In Gilead women are valuable, but not all are treated as such. Handmaids play a role for the greater good, but the Wives are treated above the Handmaids, even though the Handmaids, such as the narrator Offred, are the ones giving society a chance. The patriarchal society set in place makes all of the decisions over the greater women populations. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    The Handmaids Tale is a story that sets in the near future of the Republic of Gilead---a city that used to be in the USA. Offred, the narrator, is a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead and the job of the handmaids is to produce or carry a child that a married couple is unable to do. Offred was assigned to carry the commander and Serena Joy’s child. Every month, Offred must lie on her back to pray that the commander has made her pregnant; which tells us that it’s different from the surrogacy that

  • The Handmaids Tale Survival

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    The transition is especially hard for most handmaids because they remember the past from when they came.“Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.”(Atwood 43). Aunt Lydia describes the transition as becoming ordinary, but ordinary is only what you believe to be your norm and for the handmaids, they do not believe this to be true. From here on the handmaids are not allowed to show natural emotions or

  • The Handmaid 's The Government

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    treated unequally because of their sex. Although the Government is there to take control it ends up being destroyed people taking over and making their owns rules. People go around the Government 's system without them even knowing. In the novel Handmaid 's the Government was killed after The Republic Of Gilead assassinated the president and the congress and took over, made all women into breeding animals. The women being weak and powerless can 't do anything about the new system they have to obey

  • Psychologicalism In The Handmaids Tale

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    ability to create life is an amazing thing but being forced to have children for strangers is not so amazing. Offred is a handmaid, handmaid's have children for government officials, such as Commander Waterford. Offred used to be married to Luke and together they had a daughter but then everything changed; Offred was separated from her family and assigned to a family as their handmaid. The society which Offred is forced to live in shaped her in many ways. In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood uses cultural

  • Allegory In The Handmaids Tale

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    are works of literature containing elements that has significant symbolic values. In Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaids Tale, Atwood uses allegories to deeper the meaning of the story. In the novel, an egg cup is used to symbolize the womb of the mother, and within it is an egg which represents a potential child. Another example would be the colours of women’s dresses. The handmaids’ red dresses for blood, the commanders’ wives’ blue dresses for the mother figure association with Mary, mother of

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    Handmaid’s Tale, the author Margaret Atwood gives the reader an understanding of what life would be like in a theocratic society that controls women’s lives. The narrator, Offred gives the reader her perspective on the many injustices she faces as a handmaid. Offred is a woman who lived before this society was established and when she undergoes the transition to her new status she has a hard time coping with the new laws she must follow. There are many laws in this government that degrade women and give

  • The Handmaids Tale Essay

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    ceremony. In this the Handmaids are required to give birth to a baby that is then passed down to a family, and they never get to see the baby again. In modern day society his would never happen without approval from the parents, but in Gilead this is normal and there is no consideration for the Handmaids. The mothers have to stand on a birthing stool with the “soon to be mother” right under them ready to receive the baby as everyone else in the ceremony is chanting at them. Each handmaids gets a commander

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date The Handmaids Tale Power and Manipulation Historically, most people in authority have been using power to benefit themselves. In most instances, influential people coerce and manipulate their subjects so that they can receive specific favors. People who are considered inferior and less powerful usually have no control over their lives as most of their actions are dictated from the top. In fact, women are the most affected individuals because they have been

  • The Handmaids Tale Essay

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    accustomed to doing whatever it takes to survive; the society they live in forces them to think of themselves as the Commander's puppet. As a Handmaid, Offred must conceive a child with the Commander. During these sex ceremonies the Handmaid must play it absolutely safe because everyone is watching, “One false move and I’m dead,” (Atwood 88) Offred says. Handmaids have the most responsibility, but at the same time they do not have any responsibility at all. During the ceremony, Offred must make sure

  • The Handmaid Character Analysis

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    The commander is viewed to be sympathetic due to the gifts and presents he brings to the handmaid, Offred. He sneaks her out to a private club, and he feels forsaken along with wanting a more intimate relationship with the narrator. Following the copulation between Offred and the Commander, the man of the house stealthily sneaks a private meeting with the Handmaid. During this time, the house holder presents to her magazines as a gift, as a sign of compassion. Knowing that magazines

  • The Handmaids Tale Essay

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    The Dread of the Handmaid What would you do in a sinful world where fertile underclass women were devalued, manipulated, and used for the sole purpose of producing healthy children? This is exactly the case in The Handmaids Tale. Society took a drastic turn when women lost all rights, including rights to their families, and were taken away from home. They were then sent to the homes of commanders, where they would be used only for reproduction. If the handmaid could not produce a healthy baby,

  • Handmaids Tale References

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    belts.” ( 4) These “Aunts” are older women, who wear habits, whose man function is to brain wash and rule over the “handmaids”. Often referencing from the Old Testament, they encourage a very bleak outlook at life outside of government rule. To meet this end, they often times force the handmaids to view pornos and gratuitous violent acts. The main character in the story is a handmaid named Offred (of Fred), who’s purpose in life, imposed on by the government, is to bear children. The majority

  • Handmaid Character Analysis

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    roles. Moira is the voice of reason among the handmaid’s at the red center, as she is the most level headed. While the other handmaids are becoming more comfortable at the center, and in their new roles, Moira still believes that what is being forced upon her is wrong. An example of this levelheadedness comes when Janine, another handmaid, spaces out during a time when the handmaids were instructed to get dressed. As she sat unmoving, Moira knew that she would get everyone in trouble, so she took somewhat

  • Handmaids Tale Feminism

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    futuristic Republic of Gilead is in control. The protagonist/narrator is Offred, a handmaid whose job is to lie on her back once a month to try to conceive from the commander. Offred and the other handmaids are allowed to leave their commander’s house once a day to go to the food market, where the signs are pictures instead of words because women are not allowed to read. This wake of independency makes Offred and the other handmaids think of escaping, and when Offred thinks about it the first person that comes

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    the box. What if life itself has enclosed you of all your hope? A classic Margaret Atwood book, The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a society which faces gender discrimination, and categorizes individuals into specific roles. Offred, a disciplined handmaid attempts to maneuver across a society full of light and dark, known as Gilead. The people of Gileadian society have discovered ways to receive higher perks, and the keys to escaping this society. Nevertheless, Offred has changed her ways to blend

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    aspects of Gilead for which no justification exists. Even her title is tinged with irony. For most readers, “aunt” evokes a loving female relative who exhibits maternal sentiment. In the novel, however, aunts display disturbing masochism. They punish Handmaids with cattle prods and steel cables, and deny them privileges like using the bathroom (4, 72, 91). Cruel and misguided, Aunt Lydia is the center of bitter irony that serves to discredit the extreme right. Aunt Lydia’s function is two-fold. First

  • The Handmaid Free Will Analysis

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    do you think? Who is it worst for? Why? I think in the situation of the ceremony, Serena Joy is in the worst position. Not only does she have to sit through the intercourse between her husband and a stranger, she has to raise the child that the handmaid gives birth to. I believe that there is no stronger connection than a connection between family members. Throughout the story, Atwood does not give detailed explanation on the wives nor their emotions thus leading to the assumptions that wives have

  • Individualism In The Handmaids Tale

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    Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Offred, The main character struggles with expressing individualism among a society that constrains a woman by labelling her for her duties and worth. Offred is a “Handmaid” which is a group of women who are used for reproduction, being a “Handmaid” is considered to be very degrading because these women are seen for only their bodies to provide children and nothing more. In the article “An Introduction to Jung’s psychology” written by Frieda Fordham discusses

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    is now forced to live her life as a Handmaid. Offred’s role in society is to produce a child for the Wives. A Handmaid that is unable to produce a child is sent to the colonies to clean toxic waste. In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred, Nick, and the Commander are unorthodox. To begin, Offred defies convention in many ways. The requirement of a Handmaid is to wear a loose, red dress that covers the woman’s entire body except her eyes. The Handmaids are not permitted to wear makeup and

  • The Handmaids Tale Essay

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    individual from intervening in an emergency situation” (“Bystander Effect.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers). The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood is a brilliant novel that discusses the future society of the Republic of Gilead, where Handmaids have been designated to married couples who were having troubles reproducing due to fertility issues. In Gilead, the women are dehumanized and only needed for reproduction. The men of this society have a sense of guilt, but do not act upon it. The

  • The Handmaids Tale Essay

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    is creating injustice. Does an individual have a right to oppose and rebel against perceived unfairness? Or shall one simply accept the unfairness thrust upon them? In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, we meet a woman named Offred, who is a handmaid. She describes how her society is not always a positive influence towards the people living it. In connection to Offred’s opinion, in Plato’s Critio, Socrates argues that an individual needs to accept these regulations placed upon oneself. Both Socrates

  • The Handmaid 's Tale

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    is a handmaid in this society and her only purpose is to have her commander’s baby. While the leaders of this society seek to destroy all forms of unorthodoxy, many are still very much present. Every person is unorthodox in his or her own way, no matter how small. In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, this unorthodoxy is present in three very intriguing characters: the first being Offred, the next her Commander, and the last being a guardian named Nick. Offred plays the role of a Handmaid in

  • Handmaids And Housewives Analysis

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    house and children and had no room for aspirations outside of that. Handmaids face the same daunting task of leaving their dreams behind to achieve a common goal, survival. In the Handmaid’s tale, it appears to be a distant dystopian universe that is far from reality. But the world of the housewife and the handmaid might be closer than they seem to be. Life becomes morbid when you lose your uniqueness and personality. Handmaids did not know they would end up where they are but now they are all in

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    Taking Over The novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood explores a new “America” in the future where the government gains total control. Restricting almost anything, these handmaids had very few rights and were valued only if their ovaries were viable. As the government started to push religion around, the handmaids were being affected by having strict clothing, punishments for disobeying, and fear that this world would never end. Forcing these women to the lower class, all freedom was lost

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    by a Theocracy. Offred, the protagonist, has been given the role of a handmaid in the newly established government were new rules and norms have been adopted following the word of God. In Gilead every inhabitant has an occupation based on gender and class and must devote themselves completely to their role. Offred recounts memories before Gilead and is shocked by the extreme changes she encounters in the present as a handmaid. Offred is a unique character who evolves and goes on a personal journey

  • Handmaids Tale Essay

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    Offred is a handmaid, in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood, who no longer desired to rebel against the government of Gilead after they separated her from her family. When Offred was taken away from her family the Government of Gilead placed her in an institution known as the Red Center where they trained her along with other women unwillingly to be handmaids. The handmaid’s task was to repopulate the society because of the dramatic decrease in population form lack of childbirth

  • Relationships In The Handmaids Tale

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    where she is used for her body, and has no control over anything that takes place in the society. She is forced to live with Commander Fred and his wife Serena Joy, and receives the name “Offred” or “Of-Fred”. As she lives in this house with other handmaids, she begins to develop relationships with the Commander and Nick, a guardian who serves for the Commander. In the Handmaid’s Tale, how does live differ between Offred and the following characters: Nick and the Commander? How are their relationships

  • Individualism In The Handmaids Tale

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    the lack of individualism and restriction of emotion present in the republic. Red is generally associated with communism and dehumanization as well. Throughout the novel, Offred and the other Handmaids are covered in red clothing. This is somewhat ironic as red symbolizes power, but the only power that Handmaids possess is the ability to bear children. Red also symbolizes fertility as Offred works for her Commander in an attempt to produce offspring. The red of Offred’s attire sharply contrasts with

  • The Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    Offred’s back about what she would do in Offred’s situation, saying she would, “Go to the colonies… They have the choice” (Atwood 10). Rita is saying that Offred could have gone to the colonies instead of being a handmaid and providing children for Gilead. In reality, Offred is only a handmaid because she is biologically able to have a baby. Going to the colonies was not an optimal choice for her, because she wasn’t sure what happened to women who went to the colonies. Not knowing what happens in the

  • The Handmaids Tale - Feminist?

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    in Gilead; Offred’s “we still had our bodies” indicates that the only weapon available to the Handmaids is unsolicited sex. The whole encounter with the young Guardians, portraying them as sexually frustrated and unhappy men is designed to make the reader feel sympathy for some of the lower-ranking men in Gilead. The Guardians can only wish to become Angels, being able to take a wife and perhaps a Handmaid. The only time a man is portrayed as being sexually controlling (except within the Ceremony)

  • Individuality In A Handmaids Tale

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    ranking, where stripped away from their uniqueness in the society of Gilead. Mainly, the Handmaid's were affected by this wretched society and the reader can see this as Offred, a handmaid, narrates the story. From her we can clearly see they have no freedom. No voice. No singularity. No nothing. By looking at the way the handmaids speak, dress, and how they act towards others, one can see how these women are deprived from individuality. Without individuality, the world is a depressing place as seen in

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    Pity; The feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the sufferings and misfortunes of others. In the dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the text tells of Offred, a handmaid in a not so distance future, as she recounts her memories of her past life and how it differs to her present life in the restructured Republic of Gilead. This essay will argue that Atwood used techniques of graphic similes, allusions and symbolism to manipulate readers to develop pity for Offred. Overall

  • Identity In The Handmaids Tale

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    by the name of Offred is robbed of these very things. The story takes place in Gilead, a religious society that believes safety and reproduction of mankind is most important. Leaders of Gilead turned the world into a psychological prison. Offred a Handmaid is viewed only as a reproducer and nothing else. Overall she is a woman stripped of her identity, not knowing what reality is. “Living outside of yourself, as a coping method employed by one's unconscious to combat psychological trauma” Sigmund Freud

  • Society In The Handmaids Tale

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    Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Offred ( The main Character) struggles with expressing Individualism among a society that constrains a woman by labelling her for her duties and worth. Offred is a “Handmaid” which is a group of women who are used for reproduction, being a “Handmaid” is considered to be very degrading because these women are seen for only their bodies to provide children and nothing more. An article previously read, written by “Frieda Fordham” discusses Jungian Archetypes

  • Mythology Is The Handmaid Of Literature

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    To quote the outstanding American writer Thomas Bulfinch: “For mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness” (BrainyQuote). While Bulfinch does make a large point about literature as a whole, mythology still has and still continues to play a crucially influential part of society. It is through myths such as Pantheon mythologies, that the Pantheon’s followers are impacted from the common morals throughout these myths. In Pantheon

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    commander. Women were purely defined by the men who had complete control over them. In the novel Offred had some control, by keeping her name to herself which maintained a little bit of her independence. As soon as people saw her they knew she was a handmaid, but as soon as people heard her name they knew exactly who her commander was, and from there on only thought of her as belonging to Frederick. Their name affects how themselves and others viewed them which Offred seems to notice when she says this

  • Handmaids Tale Analysis

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    dehumanization. The Republic of Gilead isolates women from society and demotes their selfhood by giving them specific identities and names. Offred is dehumanized by society, causing her to relate her existence to that of inanimate objects. The handmaids are seen as sisters dipped in blood and categorized and treated as objects; they are seen as a collective unit with no identity unique to one person. Offred alludes to the dehumanization in this manner when she states, “one and one and one and one