Criticism In The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel written by Margaret Atwood in 1985. She is well-known for being a poet, novelist, inventor, essayist, and an environmental activist. She 's a feminist this is important because in her novels she often portrays the female characters being oppressed and rebelling against stronger males. Attwood is very interested in environmentalist issues and one of her main themes for her novels, particularly ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ include men interfering nature. The Handmaid’s Tale is about a totalitarian society set in Gilead which used to be apart of the United States. Gilead is ruled by fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In the opening chapters, the handmaid’s lives are presented as just property of the state.
The start of chapter one begins with The Handmaid 's Tale, The novelist Margaret Atwood presents the life of handmaids as protagonist who live in such fear and solitude. The first chapter begins with the narrator describing the old gymnasium as being peaceful such as ‘Powdering the dancers with a
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Throughout chapter four Atwood describes the woman 's loss of identity and how ashamed they are at life. “I drop my head and turn so that the white wings hide my face, and keep walking” Offred is nearly humiliated and embarrassed about the life she is currently living. The handmaid’s are not allowed to find in full-indicates this shows how controlled they are. “A shape like mine, a nondescript woman” women are all the same, such as, they all have the same task in hand, they feel as if there idently has been strpied from them. In the society handmaids live in they could just “simply be replaced” as is if no one would notice. Margaret Atwood uses imaginative images for the reader to understand such as “Eye in white on the side” the feeling of constantly being watched. Black and white representing the colors being washed away from
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