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  • The Handmaid's Tale

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    Imagine growing up in a society where all women are useful is to reproduce. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is an excellent novel of what could potentially be the fate of the future one day. The main character, Offred, moves into a new home where she is there to perform “rituals” with the Commander, head of the house, so she can hopefully reproduce herself. The Commander is a key character for he can get rid of Offred if he does not like her and he has all the power. The two end up having

  • Marginalization In The Handmaid's Tale

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    The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is a novel set in the not-too distant future, in the Republic of Gilead formerly known as the United States. The Republic of Gilead is a totalitarian, theocratic state run by a few “True Believers.” Although the leaders of Gilead make claims that they are attempting to create a better society for human survival, it’s sole purpose seems to be to repopulate the state due to an increase in men and women becoming infertile as a consequence of radiation, chemical

  • Patriarchy In The Handmaid's Tale

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    is the first step in achieving equality. Protesting is a traditional method of making oneself known and it can be seen in recent literature such as Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and also in ancient pieces such as Antigone by Sophocles.While these Antigone almost exclusively protest by herself, Ofglen in The Handmaid’s Tale introduces Offred to the community of other handmaids in order to have a greater voice for her problems and even helps her escape her captivity . Unlike these more peaceful

  • The Handmaid's Tale Essays

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    The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaids Tale, written by Margaret Attwood, goes on to explore the consequences that come to be from the reversal of womens rights in a society called Gilead. It is what one can consider a cautionary tale. In the new world of Gilead, a group of conservative religious extremists have taken power, and have turned the sexual revolution upside down. The society of Gilead is founded on what is to be considered a return to traditional values, gender roles and the subjugation

  • The Handmaid's Tale Essay

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    Upon reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, one notices the tragedy of women losing rights. Imagine the feelings of losing all rights and freedoms; how hard the transition would be from an American society, centered on freedoms, to the society where Offred lives in The Handmaid’s Tale. Thankfully for all Americans, Atwood’s prediction of what society would become in the future was inaccurate. But, not all countries enjoy the same freedoms and luxuries as America does; the treatment of women

  • Feminism In The Handmaid's Tale

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    The Republic of Gilead, a dystopian world with a patriarchal society, is displayed in Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale. More specifically, the novel takes place in what used to be considered the United States but is now being called the Republic of Gilead where freedoms and rights have been excluded, especially for women. The society nurtures a “theocratic, patriarchal, nightmare world created by men, with the complicity of women” (“Margaret (Eleanor) Atwood”). The separation of the freedoms between

  • Interpreting the Handmaid's Tale

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    Interpreting The Handmaid's Tale The Handmaid's Tale is distinguished by its various narrative and structural divisions. It contains four different levels of narrative time: the pre-Revolution past, the time of the Revolution itself, the Gileadean period, and the post-Gileadean period (LeBihan 100). In addition, the novel is divided into two frames, both with a first person narrative. Offred's narrative makes up the first frame, while the second frame is provided by the Historical Notes, a transcript

  • The Handmaid's Tale And The Crucible

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    Resistance Futile? What do The Handmaid’s Tale and The Crucible suggest about the nature of resisting and rebelling against social order? Margaret Atwood’s, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Arthur Miller’s ,The Crucible, explore the consequences surrounding the nature of resisting and rebelling against social order. Resistance the refusal to accept or comply with something or to actively and passively fight against something. Atwood’s new government of Gilead in The Handmaid’s Tale enforces unthinkable oppression

  • Feminism in The Handmaid's Tale

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    Paper: Feminism in The Handmaid’s Tale In today’s news we see many disruptions and inconsistencies in society, and, according to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, humankind might be headed in that direction. The deterioration of society is a concept often explored biologically in novels, but less common, is the effect on everyday social constructs such as the position of women as a item that can be distributed and traded-in for a ‘better’ product. The Handmaid’s Tale elaborates the concept

  • The Handmaid's Tale Essay

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    Paula Hawkins, a well-known British author, once said, “I have lost control over everything, even the places in my head.” In Margaret Atwood’s futuristic dystopia The Handmaid’s Tale, a woman named Offred feels she is losing control over everything in her life. Offred lives in the Republic of Gilead. A group of fundamentalists create the Republic of Gilead after they murder the President of the United States and members of Congress. The fundamentalists use the power to their advantage and restrict