Examples Of Utopia In The Handmaid's Tale

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A Utopian Dystopia the Handmaid's Tale
Hello, and good morning today’s date is October 18 and my name is Zainab Bahia and this is my Individual Oral Presentation on The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. When The Handmaid’s Tale was published in 1985, the world’s search for a utopia had failed, resulting in some of the most disastrous social experimentation's in the history of humankind, much like Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Dystopia flourished and took on a new importance as technology gave rise to supervision and monitoring concerns, unheard of before the 20th century. With an increasingly disintegrated society, the quick fix that utopias promoted became more impossible, and readers began to look for warnings.
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This symbolism rats in mazes think they are free because they can move about, when in reality, they are trapped. They are unaware that they are in a maze, they consider themselves free. Similarly, the handmaids are free to go anywhere within town that they want, as long as they stay within the boundaries or their own "maze." They do not have any desire to go elsewhere, and future generations will believe this is freedom, because this is what they will have been told all their lives
The next Utopian idea that will be discussed is “Citizens have no fear of the outside world”. However, within the novel it is seen that this is not the case but, that the characters are afraid of the outside world in this scene at the end of the novel and it reads “Whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped.” (Atwood, 195). The essence of this emphasizes that the fear they have for the outside world is due to the lack of knowledge and exposure of what is to come. Whether they are in the hands of the Eyes or being watched by Mayday.
Another Utopian idea to examine is “Individuality and Innovation are welcome”. It is stated within The Handmaids Tale that women are not allowed to read and write all they are to do is bare children and care for the home.

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