Analysis Of The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a highly acclaimed dystopian novel that is based on the premise of a world in which a totalitarian theocracy has replaced the United States of America, turning it into the Republic of Gilead. In this tyrannical new society, the population is rapidly decreasing due to the toxic environment, and consequentially, the ability to produce viable babies has become a coveted ability. Women that are able to bear children are indoctrinated into becoming Handmaids, and are assigned to the households of elite couples that have trouble conceiving. Written by the illustrious Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale follows the narrative of Offred, a Handmaid selected to serve the Commander and his wife, Serena Joy. Throughout the…show more content…
Later on, as the freedoms once taken for granted by women were entirely taken away, people like Offred and her friend Moira were forcibly removed from their families and sent to the Red Center to be trained as Handmaids. The decision to become a Handmaid was not made entirely against their will, as they had the option to either accept this offer, or be declared an “unwomen” and be exiled to the Colonies to serve on clean-up crews removing toxic wastes. Yet, despite the absolutely abhorrent conditions women were now made to endure, there were still many that argued in favour of the extreme measures undertaken by the new regime. Predictably, the main proponents of this authoritarian government were those who benefited the most from its ruthless subjugation of women. Namely, men acquired a far greater status in society, as the Republic of Gilead was built on a caste system that placed them at the top of the hierarchy. The regime viewed women as the lesser sex, believing them to be more prone to weakness of character and sin—an outlook only reinforced by their warped interpretation of certain biblical teachings. Still, the government claimed its restrictive policies were implemented not out of any particular bias towards women, but in an attempt to protect them from the cruelties of the world: “I remember the rules, rules that were never spelled out but that every woman knew: Don’t open your door to a stranger, even if he says he is the
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