Literary Analysis: The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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Evelyn Reynoso Butiu English 11 21 February 2018 Literary Analysis Essay You are a successful women, success covered in the droplets of your blood, sweat, and tears. Suddenly, your success no longer holds your value and your fertility now defines you. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, American society took multiple steps backwards, drastically changing the lives of all citizens for good as illustrated when Offred lost her financial and property rights in a matter of short time. Formally the United States, the totalitarian Christian society of Gilead is the reflection of future America if oppression of women, environmental damage, and disagreement of religion and politics continue. Women continue to be be oppressed by being treated as objects of reproduction. Due to high expectations of conceiving, women face a great amount of pressure. For example, Offred’s daughter was kidnapped at the grocery store, “I turned around and she was disappearing down the aisle, in the arms of a woman I’d never seen before. [..] She was crying and saying it was her baby, the Lord had given it to her. He’d sent her a sign” (Atwood 63). The decreasing rate of fertility is not what is causing hysteria within women, however. To process that as a woman you may never experience motherhood is what causes insanity, especially if you desire children. In the society of Gilead, fertile women are no longer mothers, but Handmaid’s, and are expected to conceive a baby for an

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