Literary Analysis Of The Handmaid's Tale

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A Literary Analysis of The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. The Novel was originally published in 1986, yet still can be found on bestselling charts because of themes that are timeless. The Novel is set in a totalitarian, the Republic of Gilead, a Christian theonomy that has overthrown the United States government. The novel is based around the journey of the handmaid, Offred. Due to the of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving. . By looking at the mother daughter relationship……… today we will look at the relationship between Offred and her mother, Offred and her daughter and Offred and Serena Joy …..traditional verses nontraditional roles.. Throughout the novel Offred’s memories expose the complex nature of her relationship with her mother. This nontraditional relationship began in a nontraditional way. On page 154 she recounts a conversation between herself and her mother about her mother’s deliberate choice to have a child and raise her as a single mother “You were a wanted child, all right,” She tells Offred. Even though some of her friends were critical because of her age, at the time she was thirty-seven. They reminded her about increased odds for birth defects and the difficulties that come with single parenthood. In response her mother declared that “I make a decent salary. I can afford daycare” (155). It is through
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