Breaking Rules In The Handmaid

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Offred is a rebellious individual who makes a habit of breaking rules just for her own pleasure.The novel takes place in the Republic of Gilead which is a totalitarian society. Has multiple rules that restrict the lives of many people in the Republic. The Commander or the highest one in control, is the leader of the Republic. Within the Republic there are Handmaids, Aunts, and many more. Due to the strict leadership of the Commander, many people of Gilead are going to turn rebellious. Atwood’s Novel proves that strict leadership can lead to rebellious acts as shown through the symbolism of the word “Mayday”, the irony of the Commander breaking his own rules, and the narrator’s only way of having fun “breaking rules.” The word “Mayday” a…show more content…
Also it is illegal for the Commander too. This is the start of the Narrator favoring breaking rules because she knows the Commander is breaking rules too but does not care. The Narrator is going to start breaking rules with the Commander now because she is starting to have a hobby of breaking rules. “I know without being told that what he’s proposing is risky, for him but especially for me; but i want to go anyway. I want anything that breaks the monotony, subverts the perceived respectable order of things.” (Atwood 231). She agreed because she knew it was risky and she did not care because it seemed odd. This leads to her having fun breaking rules because she does not know where she is going with the Commander and likes odd surprises. Strict leadership can cause rebellious acts among the people of the totalitarian government, also the leader can commit rebellious acts too. The Republic of Gilead can relate to other governments as well. One country that is fairly similar to Gilead is North Korea. They are not as strict as Gilead but they are both ruled under one superior. Gilead’s superior is the Commander and North Korea’s superior is Kim Jong Un. Sometimes a way of having fun can be by
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