Anti Utopian Media In The Handmaid's Tale

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What happens to society if all things that are related to media are regulated or banned? There are books, movies, and television shows that explore and discuss this idea. These forms of media usually are centred around an apocalyptic society. That is why analyzing anti utopian media is fascinating because it opens the door to different scenarios that could take place if society lost its ability to freedom of expression and rights. The Hulu Original: “The Handmaid’s Tale” is based off of the 1985 Reagan era novel “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood. This television show creates a modern twist on the novel, and connects it to certain events that happened in the twenty first century. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is about the rise of a…show more content…
Offred never fully encompasses the life of a handmaid, because she has the hopes of being united with her husband and daughter. Even when Offred was sent to the Rachel and Leah Center, where all fertile women were sent to denounce their former lives and accept their new roles in society, she still tried to find a way to escape with her friend Moira. Offred lets the viewers know that she is not going to conform to the society by some of the remarks she makes. For instance, Offred says, “We are two-legged wombs, that’s all: sacred vessels, ambulatory chalices” (Atwood, 1985, p.136). This hints to the audience that she knows her place in this society, and it is not the place she wants to be in for a long time. A major theme in this television show is the treatment and placement of women in society. The article, “A Cunning Adaptation of the ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’” talks about the different status of men and women in this television series. It states, “In Gilead, men run the state, and women are split into types. Wives, dressed in blue, oversee the home; Marthas, in green, cook and clean; Handmaids, in long red cloaks, with white bonnets that hide their faces, have intercourse once a month, in a ritualized threesome, a state-sanctioned rape” (Nussbaum, 2017). In the episode

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