The Transition Between The Pre-Gilead

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The first method of control is institutions such as the Red Center. The novel describes the transition between the pre-Gilead and Gilead days, when men and women had to adjust to the new rules of this new society. At the Red Center, the women are brainwashed to believe that they are “two-legged wombs, that’s all: sacred vessels, ambulatory chalices.” They are taught to believe that their only value is their ability to reproduce. That is why their form of punishment is beating the hands and feet, since they are not necessary for conception and giving birth. They are also taught to live minimalist lives, with little to no attachment to material items. Another method of control is the Angels and Guardians, who serve as guards. They stand outside
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