It is a book by Margaret Atwood, a Canadian citizen. This was written by and issued in 1995. This story is set in New England in a totalitarian and Christian theonomy that overthrew the government of United States (Atwood, pg. 6). The novel entails the journey of the handmaid Offred, emphasizing on the possessive nature of Fred as handmaids are forbidden in using their names and echo the male or master that they serve.
The tale explores the women themes of women in subjugation to misogyny in a patriarchal society and the different ways in which these women get individualism and independence (Taylor, pg. 5). The novel's title reflects the necessary parts of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, a series of the stories …show more content…
The novel can be said as a dual narrative, Offred's fiction, and the Handmaid's tales. The night part is about Offred, and the rest such as household, waiting room, shopping, etc. are the narratives describing the possible life of each Handmaid, although from Offred's perspectives (Atwood, pg. 10). In these sections, Offred sails between the past and present as she says of the occasions that lead up to the collapse of the rights of the women and the current information in the life she lives.
The tale has essential quotes and they are explained each.
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 regular.
Ofglen stood by the wall, looking at the people's bodies that were hanged by Gilead. This horrified her, but she had to strain pushing aside her fears. She pressed back her disgust, and remembered aunt Lydia's words on how ordinary the life of Gilead has resulted. The statement from Aunt Lydia reflected the totalitarian state authority like Gilead transforming natural mankind responses like the blankness' execution transforming horror into normalcy (Atwood, pg. 11). The words from aunt Lydia proposed that Gilead succeeded not only by earning trust from individual with the right ways but made them forget another world that how they …show more content…
The story suggested that Offred recounted not the occasions from a far, considering the past in her life. Instead, she describes Gilead's horror as a daily experience. The act of narrating Offred's fiction made her rebel her community (Taylor, pg. 14). Gilead wanted ladies silenced whereas Offred spoke out although he was an existing leader. Gilead denied women's control on their future, but Offred ‘s created of a narrative and gave what she called the ending control.
I used to think of my body as an instrument, of pleasure, or a means of transportation, or an implement for the accomplishment of my will. Now the flesh arranges itself differently. I'm a cloud, congealed around a central object, the shape of a pear, which is hard and more real than I am and glows red within its translucent wrapping.
The Quote is said as Offred sat in the bathroom, no clothes, and contrasted t she the manner thought about herself to the way she currently felt about herself (Taylor, pg. 13). Previously, her body was a tool, a self-extension, now herself-doesn't matter anymore and her central object, the womb, is what makes her vital because it can bear her