`` The Handmaid 's Tale `` By Margaret Atwood And Gary Ross

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‘Speculation on the future reveals the present’ The 1986 Novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ written by Margaret Atwood and Gary Ross’ 2012 film ‘The Hunger Games’ are dystopian texts that reflect the genre of dystopian literature and the context in which they were composed. The conventional themes through which they do this are uniformity, technology and removal from present time as well as how these concepts are manipulated to create new meanings. In Atwood’s 1986 novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ the theme of uniformity, conventional to dystopian literature arises from the consideration of America’s fundamentalist Christian society. The convention of a ruling society or class is manipulated to be presented as a fundamentalist theocracy. The theme is especially evident where the persona and Ofglen go in pairs to do the shopping. They are both handmaids so their attire is identical and their conversation is so structured that it is almost scripted. Ofglen farewells the persona in the correct way and in reply she says: “Under His Eye” I reply, and she gives a little nod. She hesitates, as if to say something more, but then she turns away and walks down the street. I watch her. She’s like my own reflection, in a mirror from which I am moving away. The use of first person within these lines results in a sense of irony as first person narration is used to create a feeling of of individuality, which is the opposite of the theme of uniformity which requires total conformity to societal

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