The Handmaid 's Tale By Margaret Atwood Essay

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Literature, Art, and Music reveal values about a century. Many of these truths dispute what is considered normal. The 20th century was a time of inequality for women, along with many wars. Writer George Orwell focuses on the issues of imperialism whilst author Margaret Atwood concentrates on the concerns of gender equality and roles. In addition, artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso, Virginia Woolf, and Igor Stravinsky took their pieces of work and somehow went against what the 20th century society viewed as normal. The literature, art, and music of the 20th century reflects the disillusionments of the “Age of Anxiety” through gender equality, racism and fear of the unknown during this time period.
In the 20th century, there were many concerns arising. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood reflects views of the 20th century regarding gender identity and fertility reproduction. Feminism is portrayed through the inequalities and abuses faced by women of this time period. The Handmaid’s identity is based of what man controls them since they are made property of their masters. The women of this dystopian society are divided into separate factions such as, ecowomen, handmaids, marthas, and wives, each with a specific and pivotal role to a household. The Republic of Gilead orders sexual violence towards women, which is portrayed through the ceremony. During the ceremony, the commander tries to impregnate Offred, through forced sex. The purpose of a handmaid is to have sex…

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