Most women nowadays do not seek approval from men, but living in the Red Center showed otherwise. In the novel, The Handmaid 's Tale, Offred lived two lives; one where she was free making her own choices and another where choices were made for her. Atwood revealed that men were superior and women had to play by their rules. Gilead was set out to be the worse when it came to men and women. The novel shows the way manipulation in Gilead lead to the control of women as shown throughout the actions of both genders.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, human reproduction seems to be the driving force behind the totalitarian regime put in place by the government. This importance placed upon reproduction is due to a large decline in fertility, due to a number of environmental factors. The Republic of Gilead also seems to be a patriarchal society. Men are seen as superior, and they have more freedoms than women. Men are not seen as part of the reproduction problem.
What would become of the world, if our current societal flaws, such as sexism, racism, and classism were ingrained and executed at a systematic level? This is exactly what The Handmaid’s Tale set out to explore. The novel, which claims to be speculative fiction, is set in the theocratic Republic of Gilead (formerly the USA), where birth rates are rapidly declining and women have been marginalized by the patriarchal regime, forbidden to read, write or love and valued only if they are able to procreate. They are separated into classes, including Wives, Marthas, Aunts, Unwomen, and Handmaids, distinguishable only by the color of their clothing. The Handmaids are renamed by combining ‘of’ and the name of the Commander that they have been assigned to, stripping them of any individuality.
Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel about the domination and governing of women by men. This new society, The Republic of Gilead, is described by Offred. She is a Handmaid which is a kind of breeding tool for the republic. The ideas of this Christian government are presented through Offred’s throughout the novel. There are also flashbacks that show us society before Gilead.
One of the factors used by the characters in the two novels for their survival is conformity. An example of conformity that plays an important role in the two novels is clothing. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the classifications of each individual are conformed by different clothing. The Handmaids wear red dresses, Marthas wear green, Wives wear blue, Ecowives wear stripes dresses of the three colours, and Commanders and the Angels wear black clothing. According to Offred from The Handmaid's Tale, “The wings too are prescribed issue; they are to keep us from seeing, but also from being seen” (Atwood 9).
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood tells a story revolving around a young woman in a post-war economy run by the church, where if a woman fails to produce a child she is sentenced to death. The morals in The Handmaid's Tale are twisted by religion, countless women hung or physically shamed for expressing themselves or refusing to procreate with a man much older than them. Margaret Atwood is skilling in writing post-apocalyptic or future-oriented stories of what could be, something even more prevalent in her novel Oryx and Crake. The story is narrated through the eyes of a man named ‘Snowman’, or Jimmy which is his birth given name, and follows the events that lead to the dystopian society that he currently resides in. Immorality is a major
In Margaret Atwood’s book, The Handmaid’s Tale, the basis on which Gilead rises is that of utilitarianism, with every person supposedly living to serve the greater good. The Republic of Gilead uses religious extremism to objectify women and oppress the women with archaic traditions. The duties of the ruling class are performed solely by men. Commanders are at the very top of the hierarchical pyramid and have the power to make every decision in Gilead. Women are second-class citizens in Gilead and, with the exception of the Wives and Daughters of the Commanders, have the role of serving the ruling class.
Victim or offender?Even after experiencing the worst crimes, for example sexual violence, women feel powerless because the blame falls on themselves. Margret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a dystopian novel set in the near-future of America that tells a story where women are only valued for their fertility. Powerful or powerless? Within the problems of this novel: the ceremony, the salvagings and the particicution, the novel highlights “power relationships” and the discrimination of women and their power in society. The real question is, are women discriminated against only in this book, or in the real world?
In The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood explores how the structure of a dystopian society, the Republic of Gilead, that severely oppresses women relies on female characters’ internalized misogyny. Atwood investigates how both men and women contribute to the perpetuation of a vicious cycle. While critics and readers alike recognize the cruel treatment of women at the hands of men in Atwood’s dystopian society, the novel illustrates how women’s complicity allows misogyny to run even deeper in society. Atwood’s novel showcases the cruel treatment of women in society. By exploring the range of ways women contribute to the perpetuation of Gilead, Atwood’s fictional dystopia, Atwood asserts that women contribute to their own oppression.
Imagine living in a society where oppression is used in everyday culture. In the novel THE HANDMAID’S TALE, author Margaret Atwood portrays a very different world, one that keeps the reader thinking about this strange lifestyle throughout the entire book . The female gender faces massive obstacles in which all power is taken away from women and left in a male dominated power. Oppression of women is seen throughout the novel, women in this novel are forbidden to read and write, each and every woman are obligated to wear a uniform according to their position in the novel, and sexual intercors is only acceptable if its done for reproductive purpose. The main character of this novel offred can’t ignore to feel trapped.