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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood We all believe oppression is thing of the past, right? What if it isn’t? What if oppression was a thing in our future too? In the story “ The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, a futuristic story about a dystopian society that oppresses women and treats them as property, years after women had been finally equal in society. In this society women are not allowed to read, so all signs are turned into pictures, women also cannot leave the house more than…

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    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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    ensure or at least try to make their country run properly. Whether it be police watching the streets, armies putting down rebellions, or even secret police spying and taking 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…

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    The Handmaid’s tale is a book written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. She believed that this country was heading in the wrong direction so she wrote a book to get people to understand her view; she said we are heading backwards not forwards in our progression. Margaret Atwood is a famous writer known for such books as The Handmaid’s tale, Cat’s eye, Alias grace, The blind assassin, Oryx and crake, and surfacing. One of Atwood’s famous quotes is War is what happens after language fails, when two or…

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