Analysis Of The Book ' The Gate Of Women 's Country ' And The Handmaid 's Tale '

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“He pulls down one of my straps […] I lie there like a dead bird […] I can’t afford pride or aversion” (Atwood, 294). The Gate to Women’s Country by Sheri S. Tepper and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood are dystopian novels where the roles of men are women are explicitly distinguished to achieve one goal. In both novels, men oppress women from their feminism ideologies to reach the paramount goal of restoring the ability to conceive babies without deformities; however, the women differ in how they react to the abuse of women’s rights. Men and women in The Gate to Women’s Country are segregated and they depend on each other to strive as a society. On the other hand, in The Handmaid’s Tale, men are the commander of the population, and the government force women to become servants or “Handmaids” (women assigned for a high ranking officer to bear babies with the men) for the men. Similarly, the novels share a theme of men depending on women to give birth to children. Finally, both dystopian societies share one goal that solves the issue from the pre-convulsions times. The men’s authority in the two societies are different: in The Gate to Women’s Country, men and women have their own obligations; however, in The Handmaid’s Tale, men have complete control over the women. In the society of “Women’s Country”, men and women are segregated and only come in contact during “festivals”. This partition is vital because “warrior[s] need all [their] powers of concentration. Having…

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