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Summary Of Gender In The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaid’s Tale is based in a futuristic world and it contains a strictly enforced control on all the people. This system is called The Republic of Gilead. All must follow the rules set in Gilead and not dare to overstep them. The laws are due to the decreasing number of fertile women and based on biblical teachings. The Handmaid’s roles in this novel are significant; however, their freedom and rights are viewed inferior towards men. Handmaids are controlled in every aspect of their life. Handmaids could almost be considered cooperative hostages. The system has different roles for women, depending on their fertility in the reproductive field. The majority of women in Gilead are Handmaids; which are the fertile women given to the Commanders. Commanders play a significant role in each household. The Commanders have wives; however, Handmaids are created to complete the Christian view on the women’s role in life. The main Handmaid Atwood focuses on belongs to a Commander named Fred; therefore, her name is Offred. Sophie Croisy discusses a Handmaid’s role in her article “Gender in The Handmaid’s Tale.” She says, “In the Center, and in Gilead, Handmaids-to-be learn that they cannot own anything anymore, not even an identity; they cannot read or write; they cannot want and are not allowed to complain” (Croisy). These ordinary women are stripped of every right they have respectfully earned. The effort and struggle to have equal rights for themselves is taken away. In the Red
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