The And The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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‘’Every man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself’’ (John Locke). Therefore, societies should ensure that citizens are free to follow their individual desires for property because property is what ultimately determines the personality and value of each person in society. Nevertheless, totalitarian regimes are forced to restrain both intellectual and private property in order to ensure citizens follow the government’s revolutionary and oppressive rhetoric. Hence, this paper explores the role of property in two of the most well known fundamentalist societies in literature history: Utopia by Sir Thomas More, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Both authors acknowledge that property represents a significant threat to governments that aim to have an equal society where every citizen contributes to the well being of the nation. Thus, property is restricted because it fosters individualism. First, through the analysis of More’s ideal society, one can understand the importance of restricting private property to sustain a communist commonwealth. Secondly, Atwood successfully illustrates the role of intellectual property in a society that aims to dehumanize women to ensure their contribution to the common good of society. Therefore, the contrast of More’s Utopia and Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale utopian societies demonstrate that in order for all-powerful governing systems to exist they need to strongly restrict freedom of property from citizens
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