The Handmaid 's Tale And Gattaca

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A dystopian text is a manifestation of society 's deepest fears. How is this explored in The Handmaid 's Tale and Gattaca? A comparison of dystopian texts explores contemporary issues of society and integrates them into an alien world. The Handmaid 's Tale by Margaret Atwood illustrates the nature of society as far from ideal, and the destructive nature of oppression. Similarly, Gattaca by Andrew Niccol epitomises the characteristics of a dystopian text, by highlighting the subversion of natural processes, suppression of identity and oppression present in society. Both texts explore similar themes that reflect a society 's deepest fears to the audience- dehumanisation. Oppression is a major fret in the contemporary world. Alluding to Ronald Raegan 's policy of supporting the oppressive apartheid in South Africa, Atwood in The Handmaid’s Tale, conveys a society where oppression is accepted through forced collaboration and a fear of consequences if not followed. Offred 's internalised oppression is evident when she describes that the Handmaids are treated as 'two-legged wombs, that 's all: sacred vessels, ambulatory chalices '. This is a metaphor manifesting how the Handmaids come to accept that their purpose is to produce children and showing Offred 's personal oppression and her willingness to comply with the regime. Gillead also manipulates the Bible as a power tool to encourage the citizens to remain content with the theocratic nature of society. This is obvious

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