Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Essay

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

In "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood tells a saddening story about a not-to-distant future where toxic chemicals and abuses of the human body have resulted in many men and women alike becoming sterile. The main character, Offred, gives a first person encounter about her subservient life as a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a republic formed after a bloody coup against the United States government. She and her fellow handmaids are fertile women that the leaders of Gilead, the Commanders, enslave to ensure their power and the population of the Republic. While the laws governing women and others who are not in control of Gilead seem oppressive, outlandish and ridiculous, they are merely a
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Even a great forefather of modern science like Galileo could not escape the grasp of the Inquisition. Thousands upon thousands of people were tortured into confessions of heresy and then relinquished of their sins by being executed in Gods name.

Those who had artificially converted to Catholicism were hunted down and tried for their sins against the Catholic Church. For most, this meant a seemingly endless series of extreme tortures and a brutal death to release them of their past "sins" against The Catholic Church. "The Handmaid's Tale" brings the haunting memories of the Inquisition back to life with scenes of doctors who had performed abortions prior to the Republic's birth that are publicly executed for their sins against humanity.

Traveling across the Atlantic to the "land of freedom", the early American colonists brought all of the oppressive religious baggage with them. While many people were gaining freedoms they never had before, some women, such as those executed as the result of the Salem Witch Trials, were not so fortunate. For the next several hundred years, women continue to serve the needs of the men in power of the growing colonies. Progress is made over many centuries between the birth of the United States and the Republic of Gilead.

With a quick assassination of the President of the United States and all of Congress, the United States is