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Offred's Narrative in The Handmaid's Tale

- Offred's Narrative in The Handmaid's Tale "Writing is an act of faith; I believe it's also an act of hope, the hope that things can be better than they are" MargaretAtwood Offred is an oppressed woman in the patriarchal society of Gilead. She is telling her story to an unknown reader. We learn about Offred through her own personal private thoughts....   [tags: Papers]

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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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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: 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 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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Offred's Narrative - What is the purpose and function of the Historical

- Offred's Narrative - What is the purpose and function of the Historical Notes and how do they assist your interpretation of the novel. The historical notes are not part of Offred’s narrative, they are a transcript of a symposium held at a university in 2195 – two hundred years from where we left the end of Offred’s harrowing tale. The purpose of these notes if any, is to put Offred’s narrative into a historical purpose to help these academics understand the life of Gilead. It seems to me that another purpose of these historical notes is to provoke a very strong reaction in the readers who have followed the emotional journey with the narrator Offred....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Handmaid's Tale: Offred Chapters 1 to 4

- The story starts with a woman reflecting on her past (Offred), she has been living in an army-based camp with other girls. She starts with describing the history of the room where she is now based, talking (in detail) about old surroundings which have now gone to pass. She describes the changing of room quite distinctively; a quote to support this could be `old sex in the room and loneliness, and expectation, of something without a shape or name.' This suggests that any cheerful moment in this room has been a really long time ago, or that's what it seems....   [tags: World Literature]

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Offred's Struggle to Maintain Control Over Her Own Life in The Handmaid's Tale

- How Effectively Does Atwood Present Offred's Struggle to Establish/Maintain Control Over Her Own Life/Identity The Handmaids Tale is a woman's autobiographical narrative that challenges the absolute authority of Gilead, highlighting the significance of story telling as an act of resistance against oppression, thereby making a particular kind of individual political statement. Such as when Offred steals the butter from the dinner table to use as hand and face cream. " There's a pat of butter on the side of the plate....   [tags: English Literature]

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No Solutions Offered in There Are No Children Here

- No Solutions Offered in There Are No Children Here      Does your home have a lock on your door, a telephone and working appliances and plumbing. Do you dodge bullets in your sleep, have 13 people living in one apartment or wash your dishes in the bathtub because the kitchen sink hasn’t worked for months. Do you wash your clothes in the bathtub because the laundry room is too dangerous to do your washing. Do you live in an environment with no role models, where the gangs control everything and you can’t trust anyone....   [tags: There are No Children Here Essays]

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The Four Characteristics of Services Offered by Air Asia

- The Four Characteristics of Services Offered by AirAsia One of the characteristics of service offered by AirAsia is intangibility. Services intangibility is inevitable and sometimes could be a challenge for every service provider. According to Pride & Ferrell (2011) intangibility of services can be defined as the characteristic that the service is not physical and cannot be perceived by the senses. For instance like AirAsia which provides flight services, it is impossible for the customers to touch the flight as it is a journey to specific destinations....   [tags: airline companies, business analysis]

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The Articles Of Confederation Offered An Inadequate Government For The Union

- ... So, the delegates had their own personal point of view on how the government should function. The Philadelphia Convention decided to toss out the Articles of Confederation and start developing a new, fresh structure for solidifying the power of the United States’ federal government. However, even if it was a radical idea, it worked in allowing the delegates to move the powers away from the existing government and begin outlining the United States Constitution. Edmund Randolph, who recommended a plan largely formulated by James Madison, suggesting a two-house legislature, represented Virginia....   [tags: United States Constitution, United States]

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Public Education Has Been Offered For All Children

- ... The second formula is Concentration Grants that flows to LEAs where the number of formula children exceeds 6,500 or 15 % of the total school-age population. The third one is Targeted Grants formula that based on the same data used for the previous formulas except that the data are weighted so that LEAs provides more funds for higher numbers of children from low-income families. This formula flow to LEAs where the number of schoolchildren counted in the formula (without application of the formula weights) is at least 10 and at least 5 % of the LEA 's school-age population....   [tags: Education, Poverty, Higher education, School]

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A Poster Advertising A Reward Offered for the Caputre of Ned Kelly

- ... By 1879, the gang had already been on the run for a year by this point, with the two Colonial Governments now jointly offering £8,000 (around $1,500,000 AUD today) for the capture of the gang members for the murders of several police officers at Stringybark Creek following their fleeing their homes. There was also an underlying reason behind the significant increase in the reward and distribution of the wanted poster which is not as obvious and has roots in the social tension of the period. Prior to the release of this poster, the Kelly Gang held up a bank in Jerilderie, New South Wales and destroyed a large amount of mortgage and loan agreements which was a standard practice of the gang...   [tags: kelly gang, south wales]

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How does Atwood’s way of structuring the Handmaid’s tale affect your interpretation of the novel?

- Atwood’s way of structuring the novel changes the readers’ interpretation throughout the whole novel. She does this by using symbolic references, e.g. the language she uses in the novel express what the characters represent and what they feel. The Handmaid’s wear Red; this colour signifies fertility, which in this case is the blood of the menstrual cycle, which shows that they have the ability to carry children. Red can also express sexual appeal and that is partly why the Handmaid’s are there. Despite all that, red can also be associated with sexual sin, which is called ‘Adultery’, this is what they are doing....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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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

- 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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Personal Discovery of the Protagonist in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- In a world where women have no freedom, it is essential to discover one’s self. Margaret Atwood portrays this idea in The Handmaid’s Tale. The protagonist, Offred, is an imprisoned Handmaid in this new world of the Republic of Gilead and has to rediscover her own past for the benefit for finding herself. There are various moments in this book when Offred is reminded of her past. When this happens, it helps herdiscoverer herself a little more. This is hard for her considering the fact that the new government says it is a sin to remember anything from the past life....   [tags: Past Life, New Government]

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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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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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Services and Amenities Offered: The Ritz-Carlton v. Best Western

- ... Their fitness rooms offer steam rooms and spa treatments, and they have on-site shopping. Their packages include spa treatment, breakfast or lunch passes, museum tickets, and valet parking. They have venues that can be used for meetings, weddings, or parties.They even provide magazines, gowns, and tips for brides looking to get married at their hotel, and they offer team-building activities for business groups staying at the hotel. It’s obvious that The Ritz-Carlton staff is trained to provide extraordinary service in hopes of making the guests feel as comfortable as possible, and in order to live up to the guests’ expectations....   [tags: hotel comparison]

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Why Should Ilokano Language Courses Be Offered in Hawai‘i Public Schools?

- Some of the first Filipinos to come to Hawai‘i were the sakadas or contract laborers who arrived in 1906 to work on the sugar plantations. Since then, Filipinos became the state’s fastest growing ethnic minority. The primary reasons for the Filipinos’ rapid growth are “continuous immigration from the Philippines and high birth rates in the Filipino community.” Annually, about 3,500 immigrants come to Hawai‘i from the Philippines, most of whom are children (“A Brief History”). About 25.1% of the state of Hawai‘i’s population, which is about 342,095 people, are of Filipino descent (U.S....   [tags: Education]

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The Commander - Both Villain and Figure of Sympathy

- To what extent is the Commander presented as both villain and a figure of sympathy. The commander can be seen as a man torn between two worlds, he was one of the founders of Gilead yet still enjoys and yearns for the pleasures of the old society he managed to break. The commander is cool and collected on the surface but underneath he is bitter and corrupted for the world he has managed to create. The commander secretly longs for the world to be as it once was and this is why he savours his time with Offred because she may remind him of life before Gilead....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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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

- ... 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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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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A Tale of Oppression and Reaction: Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... As a rare and coveted fertile woman, Offred is forced to become a Handmaid and be passed from Commander to Commander. Each handmaid is renamed “Of,” signifying ownership, followed by the name of her commander, rebranding her as property. Renaming handmaids takes away their individuality and erases their former life, reinventing them as new people with a refocused purpose. It likewise makes her dispensable because a new handmaid can easily replace her and adopt the name Offred. She is obligated to partake in the “Ceremony” each month during which the Commander reads a bible verse before having sex with her as his wife encircles them....   [tags: government, women, equality]

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Explain the construction of the service package offered by the Lewis

- Explain the construction of the service package offered by the Lewis Partnership at the Swan Hotel or the Moat House Hotel. 1. Define the concept of “service package” and explain the construction of the service package offered by the Lewis Partnership at the Swan Hotel or the Moat House Hotel. The Service Package is defined as: “ a bundle of goods and services that is provided in some environment ” 1 The Service Package is composed of the following four elements: Supporting facility, facilitating goods, explicit services and implicit services....   [tags: Business and Management Studies]

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Sex Education Should Be Offered in Public Schools

- Should Sex Education Be Offered in Public Schools Sex can be traced back as far as Adam and Eve, the first two people on this planet. Today, all age groups encounter things associated with sex, but it is not a problem that concerns everyone. The problem that has been at hand for more than thirty years is should sex education classes be offered in Public Schools. (1.Teaching Fear; 1996) The reason such debate has arose over the years is because there are many diverse opinions about the topic. Children are now faced with problems at a much earlier age than years passed....   [tags: Sexual Education]

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The Facilities Offered by Using the Internet to Book a Flight

- The Facilities Offered by Using the Internet to Book a Flight Selections of Flights - Once you searched the place you want to go it will give all the information of the flights that are available and going to be available with price on them. Below shows how it look likes; [IMAGE] Once the customer has decided on which day they want to go then the registration form appears online and customer has to fill in and pay by credit card and get the booking reference. Offers - This website has different kind of offers such as Christmas gift voucher, travel voucher, low cost flights and reward earning points....   [tags: Papers]

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Free Essays on Possibilities Offered by Vouchers and School Choice

- The Exciting Possibilities Offered by School Choice        We are in the midst of an unprecedented attack on public schools in the United States. What is causing this attack. Since schools are public institutions, they are by their nature subject to close scrutiny in a democratic society such as ours. All would agree that public schools must be willing to change to meet the changing needs of the greater society. It just seems that in the past decade, the mudslinging has gotten out of hand.   Only now is evidence emerging testifying to the fact that much of the criticism leveled at public schools is exaggerated and misplaced....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]

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Students with Learning Disabilities Offered Success in College

- Students with Learning Disabilities Offered Success in College Registering for college courses can be straining for even the most organized college student. Knowing which courses to take, and what order to take them in, can be more than confusing to the already over-stressed student body. This process is even more strenuous for students with learning disabilities. Registering for classes is just the beginning for learning disabled students. Kyle Turin, a freshman with Dyslexia, at Northeastern University is dismayed at the lack of attention he feels he is getting....   [tags: School Education Essays]

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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 Oppression of Individual Differences

- In a world full of structure, the slightest wrong move could very well be one’s last. The opportunities are endless, but the risks are dangerously high. Kathleen Cameron stated, “Imagine a society where women are tortured and killed for disobeying this law- a society where religious beliefs, the political structure, and female sexual identity are so intertwined as to justify and require the control of women’s freedom, the sexual victimization of women, and the torture and murder of women who do not comply” (298)....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, Margret Atwood, society]

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The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”-Alice Walker. What this quote really means is that people are hopeless and they don’t realize on what they could do. They only focus on what’s going to happen next and about their safety, but they don’t notice that they are giving up their power to the government, leaving them powerless. Margaret Atwood examines power and peoples attempts to control each other. People in Gilead are viewed based on their social classes....   [tags: gilead, dystopian society, power]

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Rebellion in The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Rebellion in The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood 'Rebel' is a term, which is highly weighed down with emotion. In society today we perceive a rebel to be a figure opposing a much stronger majority. We distinguish the rebel to be a character who fights for his/her own ideals. We see a person that will do anything almost being ruthless to destroy the boundaries set up against him/her by the stronger mass. We witness the rebel as an individual who deliberately defines a battlefield and two fighting fronts....   [tags: Rebel The Handmaids Tale Literature Essays]

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The Importance and Presentation of Moira in A Handmaid's Tale

- Moira is presented through Offred as the novel is written in first person narrative. The readers get a very biased view of Moira because we only got Offreds view of Moira. This is important because this makes offred "feel safer knowing that Moira is here." When offred is in the Jezebels she spots Moira who had escaped. "I'm willing so hard, she must look at me...before she disappears." Moira was Offreds only friend. Although Moira is presented in her own voice as she is describing how she escaped....   [tags: American Literature]

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Explanations Offered by Dualism and Monism

- Dualism and monism are fundamentally different ideas but attempt to offer the same explanation to the problem of what our personal identity is made of. Both ideas give an interesting perspective but I believe that monism provides the most rational explanation. Dualism is the idea that the mind (i.e. beliefs) and body (i.e., brain) are two distinct things (substances), and could exist (at least theoretically) without each other. An argument for dualism is that P1. Pain (mental state) has no weight....   [tags: religrious beliefs and philosophies]

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The Quintessence of Humanity in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

- The Quintessence of Humanity Often in life, people take their freedoms, a gift that allows them to express their individuality, for granted. However, in the dystopian societies of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, people are reminded of just how easily their freedoms and humanity can be stripped away. Attwood and Ishiguro urge people to never lose sight of the core values that define who they are. The compelling novels chronicle the life journey of two protagonists as they fight to define their own existence and worth in life....   [tags: freedom, existentialism, individualism]

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The Handmaid's Tale versus I Will Keep Broken Things

- ... Despite a loss of such close proximity, the narrator can take this memory and cherish it. She must come to the realization that this memory remains the same, despite a newly acquired absence. The memories of these two characters are not altered by the present, and can still be used to bring happiness through reflection and joyful revelations of the past. Offred and Walker’s narrator both use memories as motivators. For as long as somebody is thinking of someone, they are not truly gone. A life devoid of love creates a period of vigorous mental instability and often opens eyes and promotes changes in lifestyle and perspective....   [tags: comparative essay]

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The Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood

- In Margaret Atwoods ‘The Handmaids Tale’, we hear of one women’s 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, Summary]

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The Handmaid's Tale: Plot Analysis

- The Handmaid's Tale is written by Margaret Atwood and was originally published by McClelland and Stewart in 1985. The novel is set in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Handmaid's Tale explores themes of a new totalitarian theocratic state society that is terrifying and horrific. Its main concentration is on the subjugation of women in Gilead, and it also explores the plethora of means by which the state and agencies gain control and domination against every aspect of these women's lives. Restrictive dress codes also play an important factor as a means of social order and control in this new society....   [tags: Margaret Atwood]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Moira is Offred's best friend. She is a part of Offred's life in all three time phases of the novel. In the "time before" they were easy-going college students together, and they meet again at the Red Center. Moira is a strong-willed woman who is not intimidated by the regime. She possesses an irreverent sense of humor and is like a breath of fresh air in the stilted, enclosed, fearful world of the Center....   [tags: Papers]

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Analyse and Compare the Significance and Effectiveness of the Ways the Author of the Novels Choose to Open and End their Narratives

- ... However, Pieixoto’s jokes in regards to handmaids, vulgarly poking fun about the puns in title ‘tail’ and also ‘bone […] of contention […] in Gileadean society’ , imply that old sexist attitudes are still prevalent . These vulgar remarks are accompanied by "laughter" and "applause", with not a single voice raised in objection. The critic Jamie Dopp points out that nobody, not even the female academics, demonstrably protest or speak up to counter Pieixoto's tasteless comments . In this context, Pieixoto’s name is significant: Atwood utilised the name from a Brazilian novel where the character keeps being reincarnated in the same form, century after century....   [tags: Never Let Me Go, The Handmaid's Tale]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- In The Handmaid’s Tale, much use is made of imagery; to enable the reader to create a more detailed mental picture of the novel’s action and also to intensify the emotive language used. In particular, Atwood uses many images involving flowers and plants. The main symbolic image that the flowers provide is that of life; in the first chapter of the novel Offred says “…flowers: these are not to be dismissed. I am alive.” Many of the flowers Offred encounters are in or around the house where she lives; it can be suggested that this array of floral life is a substitute for the lack of human life, birth and social interaction....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Palimpsest: Freedom's Dual Nature

- From the very beginning of The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood constructs the world of Gilead around a central metaphor: the palimpsest. By enforcing rigid controls, Gilead has wiped away almost all forms of female freedom—reproductive rights, independence, and the choice of when and how to die—with considerable success. However, like the faint outlines of older texts on a palimpsest, hints of all these constructs and desires linger on. Atwood uses the extended metaphor of a palimpsest to illustrate freedom’s dual nature: while it can be easily eroded by fear and exploitation, it cannot be truly eradicated from the human spirit or society....   [tags: Literary Themes]

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The role of a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead is ultimately to breed, and nothing more. Cooped up in a nondescript room with nothing but her own thoughts and painful memories for company, the narrator, Offred, shows many signs of retreating further and further into her own world, and becoming slowly more unstable throughout the course of the novel as her terrible new life continues. The most common and by far the most disturbing example of this is the use of imagery and symbolism in the book....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Jezebel's from The Handmaid's Tale

- Margaret Atwood – The Handmaids Tale – Jezebel’s In this essay, I will discuss how the section of “jezebel’s” (chapter 31-39) contributes to the development of the novel of “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Margaret Atwood). The term “jezebel” derives from the Bible, as Jezebel was a woman who conveyed wickedness upon the kingdom of king Ahab. Also, the term jezebel is often used to describe a dissenting woman. The section of “jezebels” is significant in the novel of the handmaids tale, as it provides different views as to the importance of women, they roles etc, compared to the rest of the novel....   [tags: English Literature]

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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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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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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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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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The Handmaids Tale - Feminist?

- Do you agree that although The Handmaid's Tale is written from a feminist point of view, the portraits given of men are surprisingly sympathetic while those of women are often critical. Yes, I agree with this statement. Although the theocratic totalitarian regime operating in Gilead was instigated and is controlled by men, the male protagonists in the novel are seen as caring and sympathetic. Although one or two women have become quite close through their ordeal, despite the fact they’ve had no other choice (“We’re used to each other”); the mass majority of women get on uneasily, due to the rituals and social hierarchies that have been prearranged by male rulers....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Essay on Appearance versus Reality in The Handmaids Tale

- Appearance versus Reality in The Handmaids Tale Imagery is an effective element used by writers. It allows readers to be one with the story and to better comprehend the actions and thoughts conveyed by the author. In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale, actions and images of Offred and other individuals parallel with the theme of appearance versus reality. These images such as food and nature are reoccurring to further stress the theme. The gustatory and olfactory images of food and perfume, as well as the kinesthetic and visual imagery of cutting flowers and sexual intercourse juxtapose the discontentment of Offred's life as a handmaid....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Essays]

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Feminism in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Feminism in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood explores the role that women play in society and the consequences of a countryís value system. She reveals that values held in the United States are a threat to the livelihood and status of women. As one critic writes, “the author has concluded that present social trends are dangerous to individual welfare” (Prescott 151).  The novel is set in the near future in Gilead, formerly the U.S., at a time when the population rate is rapidly declining....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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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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Survival through Escape

- “The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency […] to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land” (Naylor). When the difficulties of life are unbearable, people often escape through various forms, such as an imaginary world where such problems do not exist. This is a form of escape and a way of ensuring that the difficulties at hand do not overpower their lives. This idea is explored through various characters in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The district in which these characters are imprisoned, Gilead, is controlled by a radical Puritan government....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, Margaret Atwood]

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Disintegration of Civiliation in Henry IV Part 2, The Handmaid's Tale and The Waste Land

- The role of power is central to both 'The Handmaid's Tale' and Henry IV Part 2, the protagonist in each text have contrasting views, in the former Offred craves any power she is able to find whereas the latter sees Hal shirking his responsibilities. Atwood suggests throughout 'The Handmaid's Tale' that people would willingly tolerate subjugation as long as they feel they have some power, Offred recollects that her mother once told her it is "truly amazing, what people can get used to, as long as there are a few compensations." For Offred this compensation manifests in the form of Nick, despite her situation she becomes complacent, although this life bears great restrictions compared to befor...   [tags: responsibility, role model, compensation]

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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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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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Comparing the Rights of the Individual in Handmaid's Tale and Invisible Man

- Rights of the Individual in Handmaid's Tale and Invisible Man   The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, and Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, are two novels which use an essentially "invisible" central character to comment on the manipulative power society holds over people, destroying the individual. Offred, the protagonist of The Handmaid's Tale, and the narrator of Invisible Man are both invisible as individuals and are manipulated by society to become a dehumanized natural resource. The authors of these two works use the protagonist to criticize society's use of certain groups of people only as resources to reach a goal, ignoring the individuality of these people....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Feminist Ideas in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Feminist Ideas in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale For this essay, we focused strictly on critics' reactions to Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. For the most part, we found two separate opinions about The Handmaid's Tale, concerning feminism. One opinion is that it is a feminist novel, and the opposing opinion that it is not. Feminism: A doctrine advocating social, political, and economic rights for women equal to those of men as recorded in Webster's Dictionary. This topic is prevalent in the novel The Handmaid's Tale....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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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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Class Discrimination in Gilead

- Marxist Literary Theory Question #1: Does the work reinforce capitalist, imperialist, or other classist values. Thesis: In The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood characterizes Handmaids, as women with expectations to obey the society’s hierarchy, as reproducers, symbolizing how inferior the Handmaid class is to others within Gilead; the class marginalization of Handmaids reveals the use of hierarchical control exerted to eliminate societal flaws among citizens. Cora’s unpleasant reaction towards Offred, when she arrives at their home, represents how other classes automatically feel superior over Handmaids....   [tags: The Handmaid´s Tale, hierarchy, Atwood]

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Fertility and Motherhood in The Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- Margaret Atwood sheds light on two concepts that are intertwined; fertility and motherhood. Nevertheless in Gilead these notions are often viewed as separate. The Republic State of Gilead views women as child-bearers and nothing more. In Gilead, these women are known as handmaids, who’s function in society is to produce children for barren females of a high status. Gilead also prohibits the handmaids from being mothers to their previously born children, meaning before Gilead was created, for instance, Offred, who is separated from her daughter....   [tags: Society, Childbearing]

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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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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 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

- 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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The Presentation of the Commander in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

- The Presentation of the Commander in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood The commander can be seen as a man torn between two worlds, he was one of the founders of Gilead yet still enjoys and yearns for the pleasures of the old society he managed to break. It can be seen as ' he has made his bed and now he must sleep in it'. The commander is cool and collected on the surface but underneath he is bitter and corrupted for the world he has managed to create. I believe the commander secretly longs for the world to be as it once was and this is why he savours his time with Offred because she may remind him of life before Gilead; it is also ironic how both these char...   [tags: Papers]

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Utopia Without Self Expression

- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margret Atwood takes place in a government imposed “utopia” with strict rules and constant surveillance, however; the system is anything but perfect. This utopia fails because it does not recognize that human nature demands a means of self expression. The lack of freedom to love whom you want, dress how you want, or create what you want leads this society to corruption and self destruction. With the deprivation of choice, people are no longer human. Virtually every decision a person makes is in an attempt to express their character, it may be in the clothes they wear or the music they listen to, but ultimately everyone just wants to be loved and understood....   [tags: Ficitonal Literature]

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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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Memories of Life Before Government Control: Orwell's 1984, Atwood's The Handmaids Tale, and Huxley's Brave New World

- Overbearing governments can change every aspect of society but people’s memories and their stories of the past cannot be completely altered to forget what life was like. Society uses these memoires to compare it to the new way of ruling which sometimes is less favorable to the individual. Governments try to change people’s opinions of reality which proves to be impossible. Within the novels, 1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley the Governments have taken society's freedom away and all that remains are the memories of what life was like before the changes; the main characters are constantly using the past as a way to survive through...   [tags: Literary Comparison, Term Paper]

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Dystopia Society in the Handmaid´s Tale by Margaret Atwood

- ... Another similarity between Atwood’s novel and our society today is the repressive rules for the women. In Pakistan women have little to no rights. The policies that the Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale is similar to the rules Pakistan have for their women. In the Gilead society the handmaids have to cover up their bodies, wear long dresses, and cover their faces with vial’s and wings. These rules for the women are the same if not similar in Afghanistan, India, and some south Asian countries. In Pakistan women can be raped and if no evidence is found to prove it was rape the men could get away with it and the women could be charged with pre-marital sex and sentence to prison....   [tags: rights, religious, politics]

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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 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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Dystopian Characteristics

- REFLECT Dystopian Characteristics The book I am reading is called The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. In the first half of the book the main character, Offred, is just getting used to her new life as a handmaid. Handmaid’s are the women who are still young and healthy enough to have babies. For the women who are unable to have babies due to their age and health, they are called Martha’s. The Martha’s cook food for the Handmaids and take care of the house. Offred is not enjoying her new life....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Equal Rights for All

- From the beginning women have been excluded. The common phrase, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” that our nation is founded on excludes women and says “all men” not all men and women. America emphasizes “equal rights,” however, throughout history women have struggled to acquire equal rights. Starting with Puritan women, black slaved women, and Iranian women, women’s rights have been stripped away. Women have always been diminished. In today’s modern society women have acquired respect but how guaranteed is this respect....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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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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Comparing the Escape Theme in Raise the Red Lantern, Handmaid's Tale, and Doll's House

- Raise the Red Lantern, The Handmaid's Tale, A Doll's House: Freedom Through Escape Women have suffered as the result of harassment and discrimination for centuries. Today, women are able to directly confront their persecutors through the news media as well as the legal system. Three important literary works illustrate that it has not always been possible for women to strike back. In Raise the Red Lantern, The Handmaid's Tale, and A Doll's House, the main female characters find ways to escape their situations rather than directly confronting the problem....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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