The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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One of Atwood’s bestselling novel is The Handmaid’s Tale, a disturbing dystopian fiction novel. The Handmaid’s Tale is a complex tale of a woman’s life living in a society that endorses sexual slavery and inequality through oppression and fear. The female characters in Margaret Atwood’s novel demonstrates how these issues affects women’s lives. Offred is the individual with whom we sympathize and experience these issues. In The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood addresses her perception of the ongoing feminism issues during her time; reproduction rights, workforce inequalities and gender discrimination. Atwood uses her talent to write The Handmaid Tale to express her view on past, present, and future women’s issues.
Margret Atwood was born in 1939 at the beginning of WWII. She was raised during the war and experienced women having a substantial role in the workforce. Prior to the war, middle class women were sheltered from the corrupt knowledge of the outside world by being confined to the house as wives and mothers. The government also paid for women to go to school to become nurses. After the war, men returned home wanting to return to what was considered men’s work. Men were not customary to women having jobs or having a prevalent role in society. This made men feel insecure and they felt that their male dominates in society was being threatened. “The soldiers were assured their old jobs were waiting for them and women were to return to being housewives.” The government
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