Susan B Anthony In The Handmaid's

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To begin with, Susan B. Anthony’s quote can be related to Margaret Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale (1985). Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) is contradictory to Anthony’s quote. An example of how it can be seen as a contradictory quote can be seen through the fact that she states that ‘‘men, their rights and nothing more ; women, their rights and nothing less’’. Thus, Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale is contradictory to Anthony’s quote since men are more important than the women. This can be seen through the fact that men have a higher ranking than women. For example, in Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale, men are usually the Commanders, Angels, Guardians or the Eyes whereas women in the novel are either…show more content…
The white wings are a special type of hat which covers the Handmaid’s faces and extends in front of them. Thus, it blocks their view from both sides and they cannot see people who are beside them. This is contradictory to Anthony’s quote since by making the handmaids wear white wings, they cannot bond with other people. This stops women from bonding. Thus, there is no sisterhood and women will be forced to bond and accept their Commander. Therefore, they are not equal to the other groups such as the Commander’s Wives or the Marthas and the Econowives. Moreover, the protagonist of Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale is a member of the Handmaid group. The protagonist of Atwood’s novel is Offred. Her name means that she is under the property of a man named Fred. The first part of her name ‘Of’ is the prefix that is given to all the Handmaids. Thus, this can also be seen as another example of how women are not equal since they belong to men. A quote to prove the Handmaid’s uniforms can be seen through a passage in Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale which…show more content…
Thus, they are even lower ranking than the Commander’s Wives and the Handmaids. In Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale, the Marthas wear green and are the maids of the Commander’s home. Thus, this shows that men and women are not equal since the Commander is a man and he does not perform any chores since his Marthas complete it all for him. The color which defines a Martha is green. Thus, it symbolizes that they are a shade of neutrality and camouflage (Ms. Lechman’s Class Notes 2015-2016). An example of the Marthas can be seen through the characters known as Rita and Cora. Lastly, the Econowives. The Econowives are the less important group of this society. The Econowives wear stripped and multicolor clothes. Their uniforms are patterns of prison bars and they are the least wealthy group of the women’s range (Ms. Lechman’s Class Notes 2015-2016). The Econowives can be seen as an allusion to George Orwell’s novel titled Nineteen Eighty-Four through the proles. Therefore, the Econowives are the individuals who have the most freedom in this society of the women ranking system. Thus, this concludes how Anthony’s quote can be seen as a contradictory quote towards Atwood’s novel titled The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) since women serve men and are under the property of a Commander in this novel. Along with how it can be related to Atwood’s novel, it can also be related to my personal
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