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  • Commander And Offred
    694 words
    The author of this novel is Margaret Atwood. She was born in Ottawa, Canada in 1939. She attended the University of Toronto, Radcliffe College, and Harvard University. This book is about a future dystopia. It shows a future in which the United States no longer exists. A knew society, known as Gilead, is created. Women are stripped of their rights. This novel shows what may lie ahead for women, if they do not begin to stand up for themselves. In this novel fertile women are scarce. These fertile ...
  • Commanders Wife
    1,217 words
    The central social hierarchy within the novel is the gender hierarchy, placing men in a position of extreme power. This is evident in every aspect of the book, as the entire Gilead society is male dominated. The Commander is at the top of the hierarchy and is involved with designing and establishing the current society taking control of a nation of women, and exploiting their power by controlling what is taught, what they can teach themselves and the words that they can use. Soon all of the wome...
  • Atwood's Novel
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    James Fils-Aime The Handmaid's Tale Fact or Fiction The Handmaid's Tale is a dystopian novel in which Atwood creates a world which seems absurd and near impossible. Women being kept in slavery only to create babies, cult like religious control over the population, and the deportation of an entire race, these things all seem like fiction. However Atwood's novel is closer to fact than fiction; all the events which take place in the story have a base in the real world as well as a historical preced...
  • Present In Our Own Society
    1,178 words
    Gilead: A Credible Society In Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale, a society whose purposes are functional and practical roles is depicted. In Atwood's eyes, a society like Gilead's was perfectly credible, and in many ways I agree with her. The purpose of writing about such a radical society is not for one to panic into thinking that this could happen any time, nor is it for one to completely discard the idea. Instead, it's purpose is solely to warn us of the dangers already present in o...
  • Customs And Events In Gilead
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    Biblical Influences in The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale presents a picture of a dystopian society which uses the Bible to justify its actions. Upon the creation of the society of Gilead, new customs and events had to be created in order to entirely separate it from the past. The older way of living was made illegal and everything changed -- from the accepted forms of greeting to what occurred in a married couple's bedroom. The government uses biblical allusions to establ...
  • Ways Of The Gilead Society
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    In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood creates the new world of Gilead, which has arisen out of 1980's America, yet which is a future few people would find desirable. In creating Gilead Atwood warns us against taking our present freedoms for granted, as well as suggesting that we should be careful about how we allow our social, political and environmental world to develop. At first glance it seems as though Atwood has created a distressing dystopia; a worst case scenario in a society which endu...

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