The Totalitarian Society In The Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood

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The life of Offred In the dystopian novel, titled “The Handmaids Tale” by Margaret Atwood, we see the time when the totalitarian society of Gilead took power over the country, how it controlled the people that lived within its borders, and the difficulties they experienced through the use of characterization. The life of Offred and other handmaids just like her are made miserable due to the rule over their bodies, and they have no easy way to escape it. The society of Gilead can be labeled as totalitarian, which defines as, “exercising control over the freedom, will, or thought of others; authoritarian; autocratic.”(Totalitarian) In Gilead, people, especially women, had few rights. Women were separated into three main categories, the handmaids, the marthas, and the wives. Offred is thrown into the handmaid’s category, as she tested positive for reproduction. She is told that her main purpose in life now is to have babies. She and other handmaids are all assigned to different commanders, who are the husbands of the “wives” category of women. The “wives” are unable to have kids, so women such as Offred must step in; by having sex with the commanders in order to help give the “wives” their own children. Atwood explains to us what Offred is going through, “My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below the commander is fucking. What he is fucking is my lower part of my body. I do not say making love, …show more content…
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