Gilead: A Theoretical Analysis

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The Christian ties do not cease with the titles and ranks of those within Gilead, but instead seep into every societal existence. All of the stores have biblical names: Loaves and Fishes, All Flesh, Milk and Honey. Even the automobiles have biblical names like Behemoth, Whirlwind, and Chariot. Utilizing religious terminology as descriptors of people, ranks, and businesses, Atwood illustrates the cover-up of political chicanery through reverent language. It provides an omniscient reminder that Gilead’s founders consistently act on the authority of the Bible itself and root all aspects of the Republic deep within Christianity. Politics and religion sleep in the same bed in Gilead making their slogan “God is a National Resource” a clarion call.
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