The Fight For Equality In The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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In the U.S., women earn 79 cents for every dollar that a man makes, and the difference between men and women’s median wages is $10,762—enough money to cover 14 months of average U.S. rent or over a year of full-time infant care (in 2014). Instead of diminishing, this drastic gender wage gap augments over time; for women 15-24 years of age working full time and year round, the wage gap is about $4,373 per year, but by the time they are 45-64 years of age, they are making $15,404 less than men. In the workplace, as well as in other aspects of life, women’s fight for equality is strong-willed and never-ending. Margaret Atwood understood this need to fight for equality between men and women, and in her cautionary tale The Handmaid’s Tale, she describes a society that forfeits the battle for women’s equality and shows how everyone suffers accordingly. Using the descriptive principal, Atwood writes her cautionary tale from the first-person narration of Offred, who meticulously chooses each scene with the intent of describing her new world and the lack of freedom it encompasses. The scene in which Offred meets the commander in his office alone for the first time is carefully written and furthers the plot with its probability and underlying themes of deception and corruption, which ultimately leads the readers to the emotional end of relief when Offred escapes this oppressive society. A commander and his handmaid are forbidden from being in the same room alone, but this scene is

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