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Power In 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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Ibrahim Demry
Ms. Milliner
EES21QH-04
10/19/16

In the novel “The Handmaid's Tale” the author Margaret Atwood uses language as a form of power and a means of escape. Margaret uses language to help readers understand themes such as identity, oppression, and representations of power. Offred in particular uses language as a tool to escape the plight of her existence. There are many different ways that Margaret Atwood used language in her book.
Margaret Atwood uses language to illustrate the suppression of women in her novel. In the society of Gilead women are defined by their roles. Wives, handmaids, econowives, and marthas are the roles of women in Gilead. Women in Gilead are striped of their individuality through renaming and dividing them
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