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    Texts studied in tandem may share common ideas, values and concerns, whilst the paradigms of their individual context shape representation and meaning. A comparison of texts allows for a deeper understanding of the social and cultural commentary offered by their creators. The speculative fiction text The Handmaid’s Tale(1985) written by Margaret Atwood incorporates the 1980s context of different cultural and political ideologies, whilst the revolutionary biotechnology of the 1990s moulds the 1997 science fiction film, Gattaca directed by Andrew Niccol. Though differing in form, context and structure, both texts depict a dystopian microcosm of social dysfunction which belittles individuals. The Handmaid’s Tale and Gattaca collectively condemn…

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  • Handmaid's Tale

    novel ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ during the 1980s, a time when women were struggling to gain independence and identity due to social and religious expectations. This dystopian fiction is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States. Atwood has implemented many themes and motifs throughout her work on this novel which are all a part of building up the ‘bigger picture’ or message that she is trying to convey throughout this text about female struggle. Her style of…

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  • Symbolism In Handmaid's Tale

    Rhetorical devices such as diction, satire, and sarcasm are heavily scattered throughout the Handmaid’s Tale, however, the paramount device present in the book the extreme use of symbolism. Margaret Atwood has made most everything in the story, whether on purpose or happy accident, into a symbol for some item of the past. In the story, the narrator, Offred, spends her life in a civilization known as The Republic of Gilead. While there, she discusses the trials and tribulations of all women to…

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  • Sexuality In The Handmaid's Tale

    The Treatment of Sexuality in The Handmaid’s Tale The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood, presents the story of Offred, a handmaid in the oppressive Gilead, a heavily theocratic nation that emerged from the downfall of the United States. This society that Atwood creates, built simultaneously on religious fanaticism and desperation to reproduce due to rapidly declining fertility rates, paints a chilling picture where women are completely at the mercy of men, as well as…

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  • Dictatorship In The Handmaid's Tale

    of government and dictatorship. Throughout history, the white men have segregated several ethical groups by stripping them of their individualism and autonomy. In order to achieve this totalitarianism, these men are willing to do anything necessary in order to achieve their goals. Just like how the aboriginal’s lost their independence by the early settlers, the proletariats in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaids Tale have lost their individualism by the power-hungry aristocrats that control the…

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  • Symbolism In The Handmaid's Tale?

    "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum” (Atwood 52), was written in a cabinet in Offred’s room from a woman that lived there before her. It means do not let the bastards grind you down. Whether it is a friend, parent, teacher, or even a stranger never let anyone discourage you from achieving a dream or goal. When reading The Handmaid 's Tale by Margaret Atwood through a biographical lens, the connection between the author and the text is eminently clear. The connection between Margaret Atwood…

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  • Dystopia In The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid’s Tale confronts Margaret Atwood’s vision of men and women in a controlling light that may infer the way our society would translate in a dystopia. I focus primarily on how the The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a male’s ownership over a female, a male’s undisputed power over women in this particular dystopia, and how that translates to our society today. I will be presenting this depiction in two specific scenes in which the power distribution is obviously in favor of the male figure…

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  • Totalitarianism In The Handmaid's Tale

    Totalitarianism as a form of government gets represented in a multitude of ways in literature. Two particularly important and popular representations of totalitarian states are found in The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. Both are written as first person, diary style accounts. The information on how the totalitarian systems function is limited due to the constraints on information available to the narrators and the limits of what they share. These are two unique…

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  • Women In A Handmaid's Tale

    In the novel A Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood portrays the life of women in the future dystopian society as unpleasant, brutal, and horrific. The women in the novel have no power and are only useful for having babies. Atwood shows her feelings on this matter through the main character, Offred, and the people she surrounds herself with. Handmaid’s, Martha’s, Unwomen, and the Wives are the groups that make up the social hierarchy. Atwood causes us to open our eyes and ask ourselves: are women in…

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  • Censorship In The Handmaid's Tale

    ‘We’ve given them more than we’ve taken away, said the Commander.’ Do you think that women have gained under the Gileadean regime? In the book The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, women have failed to gain more than the life they lived before. This is a result of the regime removing their power through the elimination of rights and freedoms and relationships. Replacing it with roles women wouldn’t choose nor want and a life that failed to meet the standards the regime pledged. The regime…

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