Feminism In Handmaid's Tale

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In the book “Handmaid’s Tale”, written by Margaret Atwood, explore Offred’s view on the world and how totalitarianism and theocratic is now taking over the United States because of the low reproduction rates they created the Handmaid’s to give birth to elite couple who are having trouble conceiving. The women are subjective to prostitution, pornography and violence during the republic of Gilead. As the author states “Atwood’s protagonist, Offred, is a Handmaid—a fallen woman who is forced to bear children for righteous couples—and the book follows her sufferings under the Gilead regime. Atwood paints in garish strokes intended to shock: This new society calls homosexuality “gender treachery” and forbids women to read, own property, or choose their own clothing.” (Jones). The women aren’t …show more content…
By coercion the women they slowly began to believe it’s their fault, therefore they conform to the men wants and needs. From conforming to their terms they’re granting few power and freedom to go shopping. The author goes on to state, “Ordinary, said Aunt Lydia, is what you are used to. This may not seem ordinary to you now, but after a time it will. It will become ordinary.” (Atwood). They accept the ultimatum because they have no choose. The idea is to have them go along as plan and for them to not resisted or face the consequence. The Handmaid’s lives in a dystopian society of Gilead. The patriarchal power structure of Gilead use sexual objectification and gender stratification to further its interests and maintain its control by hence right provide to women hindering them to the harshest condition. They uses sexual objectification to take away the the women will power to do things on their own. Then gender stratification to prove to the women who are the superior beings by taking away their rights. They are conform to the condition of patriarchy because of

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