Summary Of ' The Handmaid 's Tale '

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Mylinh Hoang November 15, 2015 One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. “I think about laundromats. What I wore to them: shorts, jeans, jogging pants. What I put into them: my own clothes, my own soap, my own money, money I had earned myself. I think about having such control. Now we walk along the same street, in red pairs, and no man shouts obscenities at us, speaks to us, touches us. No one whistles. There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don’t underrate it.” (24) The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopia, Gilead, where women are reduced to nothing more than Handmaids (surrogates), Marthas (maids), and Wives (housewives). Within their new social caste, the women are only allowed to do the single task assigned to them. Women with jobs, an education, and choices are a thing of the past. The laws in this society are designed to protect women yet in order to do so they are stripped of their rights. In this passage, the narrator, Offred, reminisce the days when she was more than a walking uterus. Her sense of self-worth in the Gilead is dissolving as she compares her current worth to what she had before. This passage makes her question whether the Gilead’s laws, though misguided as they may be, are truly in her best interest or their own. She is trying to see how putting women on a pedestal results with their

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