Comparing The Novel ' The Handmaid 's Tale ' Essay

1730 Words Nov 21st, 2016 7 Pages
During the holocaust in 1938-1945, a man named Adolf Hitler rose to power and made the citizens of Germany take their anger out on the Jews when the country was in turmoil during that time. He led a group known as the Nazis, ordering them to capture the Jews, the disabled, and the people who oppose him while they all get sent to the concentration camp where they were treated merely like cattle. The reason how Hitler became so successful with his plans was because he took advantage of his own country by using propaganda in order to gain power and turn the people living there against each other. In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale portrays the similarity between their totalitarian society called The Republic of Gilead and the Holocaust. In the story there is a resemblance to how the women are treated versus how the Jews were treated. The Commander who wasn’t as gruesome as Hitler, also abuses his superiority to take advantage of the women in Gilead by stripping away their rights without them having a chance to act.
The people in Gilead are at a disadvantage, especially the women because of the higher-ups who are running the country. One of them, which is the Commander created this society to gain power over the people. The theme of the Commander is that he allows his misogyny to degrade women as human beings and to become sex objects for the men of Gilead. Soon later, this led the Commander feeling lonely because of the lack of affection women were giving him. He then discusses…

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