Essay about Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid 's Tale

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Women have fought hard throughout history to gain equal rights, but is it possible for everything they have worked for to be ripped away? This situation is a very real one in Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. Atwood introduces a world where women are nothing more than tools. She published The Handmaid’s Tale in 1986 (Callaway 5), but Atwood’s writing career began in 1961 when she published Double Presephone. Over the course of her writing career, Atwood wrote twelve novels, six children books, sixteen poetry collections, eight short fiction collections, and five major non-fiction books (1). The Handmaid’s Tale was her first full satire. Satires were generally gendered as male styles, but Atwood made it common practice for her to question society’s views on gender (Cooke 114). She commonly wrote in a feministic and dystopian theme in her books, which were meant to make people aware of the possible outcomes of society (Beauchamp 11). With her book the handmaid, Atwood utilized tone, setting and character development to drive across her point. She also developed strong themes in her fictional world, depicting the possible faults and fears in society’s future. She not only created a strong story though setting, tone, and character development, but Atwood also introduced the results of a dystopian future and its effects on women which creates an extremely feministic theme.
The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a dystopian future where women have no rights and they are…

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