The Handmaid 's Tale And Oryx And Crate Essays

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In both, The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crate, Margaret Atwood creates societies where government control is omnipresent. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a future dystopian society named Gilead in which people use their power to take advantage of others. In the novel, all aspects of life are watched by The Eyes. They are everywhere and their presence and identities are unknown. This is a main fear for the public. They are used to create a sense of control over the citizens and are used as a threat. Similarly, Oryx and Crake is a novel about Snowman, who could be the last human survivor; the novel is written from his perspective and is about the end of human history. In the confinement of the compound, day to day life is controlled by the CorpSeCorps. Both of these Margaret Atwood novels, The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake, create governments that use any means necessary to remain in control. The governments of The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake use physical punishments or force to constrict the amount of rebellious behaviour. In both novels, the government control has gotten out of hand. There is no longer a system of checks and balances to make sure the citizens’ rights are not violated. The Handmaid’s Tale, explores the negative outcomes of women’s rights being reversed. The government tries to control the society through fear which is demonstrated by the occurrence of a public execution. This is so the society will know the consequence of a…

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