Dystopian Society In Margaret Atwood's A Brave New World

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Throughout the first third of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid’s Tale, the notion of hope is relatively frequent for a dystopian society. This notion is represented through Offred’s thoughts of her previous life, glimpses of the world outside of the Republic of Gilead, and her friend Moira. The most personal hope that Offred holds onto is her memories of a previous life, a better life. These include being free to do what she wanted to do with her Husband and child. “They seemed undressed. It has taken so little time to change our minds, about things like this. Then I think: I used to dress like that. That was freedom” (Atwood 28). This shows that while Gilead has changed, more modern societies exist in the greater world. The thoughts that Offred has regarding her previous life shows just how far she has come to accepting her role in…show more content…
One of the main elements of dystopian society in both A Brave New World and A Canticle for Leibowitz is that there is no other realistic option to society. In A Brave New World, there are the Savage Reservations, but these areas are no rival society to the World State and information between them is limited as much as possible. “Not more than half a dozen people in the whole Centre had ever been inside a Savage Reservation” (Huxley 52). By restricting this knowledge of the other side, the World State is able to keep hope of any alternatives down to almost zero. On the other hand, by allowing the Japanese tourists to visit Gilead, the Republic risks having the people acquire hope that there can be change to a society better for them. “They're tourists, from Japan it looks like, a trade delegation perhaps, on a tour of the historic landmarks or out for local color ... Westernized” (Atwood 28). While this is an easily controllable variable, a harder to control one is the hope humans have when being among their close

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