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  • Theme Of Control In The Handmaid's Tale

    Margaret Attwood uses her gift for fictional writing to explore the powerful theme of control. She does this through the medium of The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), which won the Governor-General’s award in 1985, and the first Arthur C. Clarke award in 1987. The dystopian novel portrays a current day North America being occupied by the religious extremists the Sons of Jacob. The religious leaders that are aiming to enact its idea of a perfect world heavily control the dystopia’s population. Attwood showed the levels of this control through the techniques symbolism, setting, and language. Attwood using these techniques has shown how control is utilised on the population and relates to how in our own world control is attained. The control of the…

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  • Loss Of Freedom In The Handmaid's Tale And The Bath By Janet Frame

    Introduction The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Bath by Janet Frame both show the extraordinary loss of freedom humans can suffer in their lives. These talented writers have portrayed this theme through skilful use of characterisation, setting and imagery. In dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, antagonist Offred is stripped of her freedom by a theocracy. This government demand single women to be surrogates for rich, barren couples. In the short story, The Bath by Janet Frame, a…

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  • An Analysis Of Offred: The Handmaid's Tale

    Offred is a slave, she is a slave to an internal war within herself and an outside war that she has no control over. Offred is a handmaid. During a time of war her family and her were separated and she was given a choice. She could either choose to go to the colonies and clean up nuclear waste, or she could be a handmaid and give her body up for the wars purpose. The purpose of being a handmaid is to be an instrument, to bare children for the commanders and their wives. Offred only wants to find…

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  • Relationships In The Handmaids Tale

    When people think of someone being held against their will they associate that with people being treated like property, but that is not the case in the book Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It is a story about a dystopian society where everything is regulated and people do not have the ability to make free choices. The story takes place from a point of view of a specific handmaid named Offred, a handmaid is a woman who is brought into a household for the sole reason of reproduction. They are…

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  • Oppression In The Handmaid's Tale

    In Margaret Atwood 's The Handmaid’s Tale, one is given a look into a society where women are deprived of power and live out lives of enslavement under a very strict and vigilant government. The government uses the Handmaids and other people, such as the commanders, in the society to ensure that everyone in the society is complying with its rules. The methods of Gilead’s government are absolutely archaic, “The Handmaid 's Tale brings together pre-Christian notions of absolute patriarchal…

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  • Feminism In Handmaid's Tale

    In the book “Handmaid’s Tale”, written by Margaret Atwood, explore Offred’s view on the world and how totalitarianism and theocratic is now taking over the United States because of the low reproduction rates they created the Handmaid’s to give birth to elite couple who are having trouble conceiving. The women are subjective to prostitution, pornography and violence during the republic of Gilead. As the author states “Atwood’s protagonist, Offred, is a Handmaid—a fallen woman who is forced to…

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  • Character Analysis Of Offred In The Handmaid's Tale

    Her shocking, revealing story is brought home by a complex, and effective, narrative technique. Works Cited and Consulted Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Anchor Books: New York, New York, 1985. Conboy, Sheila C. "Scripted, Conscripted, and Circumscribed: Body Language in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale." Anxious Power: Reading, Writing, and Ambivalence in Narrative by Women. Eds. Carol J. Singley and Susan Elizabeth Sweeney. Albany : State U of New York P, 1993.…

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  • Feminism And Marxism In The Handmaid's Tale

    Milestone Two: Rough Draft Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel takes place in Gilead, located in New England in the United States, where the republic’s democracy has been overthrown and replaced by a totalitarian theocracy. In order to procreate, the plummet of live births in Gilead leads to the implementation of divorced and fertile women serving as surrogates for childless couples. The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred’s life prior to the change in government and follows her as she…

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  • The Role Of Identity In The Novel The Handmaid's Tale

    Margret Atwood’s novel "The Handmaid's Tale" published in 1985 is a brutal and unimaginable prediction of America’s future as a totalitarian state. The Republic of Gilead resorts to old fashion traditions in order to get the population back to where it once was. By recruiting fertile women as handmaids who's sole purpose is to carry children for the social elite. The government of Gilead stripped the women of any right to education, forbidding all women the ability to read and write. Instead,…

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  • Dystopian Characteristics Of Propaganda In The Jewel By Amy Ewing

    The Jewel. In the series “The Jewel” by Amy Ewing, the dystopian genre shows itself through many dystopian characteristics such as a totalitarian government using propaganda to control its citizens. In these novels propaganda contributes to controlling the citizens and crushing dissent. Propaganda is used to hide the murder of surrogates through unwanted pregnancies with babies they are not compatible with. It is also used to convince the citizens that everything is fine and that the royalty…

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