Review Of ' The Handmaid 's Tale '

884 WordsJan 24, 20164 Pages
Comparing a book to the movie that is a product of that book is always a difficult thing, but with The Handmaid’s Tale the novel and movie were quite similar. Set in the near future, in a totalitarian society post overthrowing of the United States government, The Handmaid 's Tale explores the idea that people will endure oppression willingly as long as they receive some slight amount of power or freedom in return. This can be seen prominently in both the film and novel. However, although the overall idea was the same, the way that it was perceived through the movie is drastically different than through the text version. In the novel there is a eminent absence of real names, and Handmaids are instead referred to by nicknames that signify the Commanders they serve. They reveal little to nothing about the Handmaids, except for the absence of their personal identities. Equivalently, although the Aunts have individual, feminine alias, they aren 't their birth names either. Significantly, it 's noticed in the novel that we were never given the name of Offred, nor her child. This differs from the movie greatly where the characters interact with each other considerably more than depicted in the paperback -- most likely to make the film more entertaining to watch, but greatly taking away from a main component of Atwood 's story. To make what I believe is less confusing for viewers, characters were appointed names in the flick. For example, the protagonist and narrator of

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