Essay on Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Love of God replaces love of humanity in Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. Offred’s recollections of her past life, especially of her husband, are ones filled with passion and happiness as she remembers his tenderness towards her. Much more emphasis is put on the physical human form in her memories; she often remembers lying with her husband while she wears little or no clothing. Appreciation of the human form is an essential component of loving humanity. Offred remembers the love she felt for her friends with whom she enjoyed spending time and conversing. When her friend is taken away, Offred spends much time mourning the loss of this person from her life. She also longs, throughout the
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Sex is made into a ritual for two reasons, both of which revolve around worship of God. First it is our duty as humans to continue the existence of our species because God intended us to. Therefore, if people cannot be trusted to procreate independently, reproduction must be government managed. Secondly, sex for any reason other than for reproductive purposes is against God’s will, so the fundamentalist government in the novel eliminates sex that it not government run. For religious reasons, Offred’s mental and physical well being is not viewed as important. To put too much emphasis on an individual is to give them an importance outside the scope of what God intended. As a lieutenant of God on earth, Offred is expected to devote her entire being to God without concern for her own troubles. The government here tries to force on its subjects the ultimate piety, wherein all else is absent from life except for God. Finally, the human form is given little importance here out of respect for God. God intended modesty on the part of human beings, therefore there are regulations on what the women may wear. The loss of basic humanity in favor of piety is the central theme of The Handmaid’s Tale, and it is this theme that I attempted to portray in my collection of images.

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