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    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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    society, that they are a waste of time and hold no real worth. Nevertheless, whether you believe it or not we do study them for a reason. A phenomenal example of the necessity novels still holds in our literary heritage is ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood. It entails a dystopian society in which we will see come to life if we continue to disregard the importance of the freedoms and rights that we as humans deserve. All of the attitudes, values and beliefs underpinned within the text of…

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    In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, the reader is introduced into a futuristic, dystopian society that is built on the remnants of the United States, called Gilead. Throughout the novel, Atwood uses satire to mock and warn the United States of the danger in the strongly held political opinions in the 1980’s, when the book was written. Atwood extrapolates the ideas to their extremes, showing the danger of their acceptance. The absurdity and outrageousness of her exaggerations give the novel…

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    different from our own society, but also include elements that we are familiar with. These dystopian societies will not be far from our own future if we abuse the powers that we posses. Margaret Atwood claims that she is not a science fiction writer. Science fiction suggests things that humans are not able to do. (Atwood) Both books have things that we are capable of doing through our technology and government. In Oryx and Crake, the technology they have is not far from what we have now. In The…

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    In Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaids Tale, women are treated as if they are toys. In the Republic of Gilead love, equality, and disrespect are banned. For the reader, the aspect that is most pronounced is symbolism. The way Atwood shows symbolism could tell a story by itself. In the Republic of Gilead there are four major classes of people; beginning with the handmaids, the commanders, the eyes, and the wives. The republic has individual households that hold all of these classes, with…

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    out people, one way or another the government always tries to maintain power of its citizens to make sure nobody is doing anything that would harm the state. This idea of power of authority is shown in these three works, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, Panopticism by Michel Foucault and “Goblin Market” by Christina Rossetti. In The Handmaid’s Tale it was the constant fear of being watched by the Eye and the masters, being viewed by a person standing in a watchtower from Panopticism, or…

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    them the same things”(Plato). Not only is equality important but Plato ties in education as well. He believes that women should not be defined by their ability to bear children. The idea of gender is seen much differently in The Handmaids Tale. Margaret Atwood describes strict gender roles for the handmaids. Women aren’t even called by their own names, they all belong to a man and take on their mans first name which is still similarly seen in modern society where women take their husbands last…

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    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…

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    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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    Living in a city with constant surveillance would drive anyone to paranoia. This is exactly what happens in Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale. In this novel about a handmaid named Offred, the multiple strategically placed methods of surveillance drive her to moments of senselessness and cause her to lose sight of control, individuality, and independence. Gilead has several methods of surveillance set up throughout their community. First, they have the ominous Eyes. These are people…

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