Invention and Arrangement The book begins with “A few words about this book”, “Prologue”, and “Deborah’s Voice”, which offer some background information preceding the actual story, and differs in format with the rest of the novel. The rest of the book is divided into three large sections: “Part 1: Life” (1940-1951), “Part 2: Death” (1951-1973), and Part 3: Immortality” (1973-2001). Each of these sections is structured by chapters, each chapter with varied titles. There are 11 chapters in Part 1 and Part 2, while Part 3 has 16 chapters.
Society can both be really great and progress forward, but at times society can turn for the worst and progress backwards. In Margaret Atwood’s Fictional book The Handmaid’s Tale. The main character Offred in the Republic of Gilead as a handmaid. In the book the purpose of a handmaid is to reproduce and bear children for older, wealthier men whose wives cannot have children. In addition to being a handmaid Offred and all the women of Gilead are not allowed to read, write, own money, or dress immodest. Men, however, have more power being able to read, write and are able to own themselves.
I said to myself “ I can’t just leave her there I have to go save her,” I knew that I had to do something to go get her. I thought to myself: what if I go into the building into the fire? So I started to go into the tower and went up the stairs into the fire.
Before I can even blink my father shoots him in the head, making his blood seep into the road. He must have told the taller of the two to put him in the trunk as well, but I missed it, now knowing why my mother didn’t want my dad in my life. I scurry further back into the shadows and rush behind a building and sprint as fast as I can home. I slip in the back door of our house and make sure I don’t wake anyone up. I trip all the way up the stairs as a result of me shaking so much, but make it to my room.
In the Handmaid 's Tale power is used to control the women and sort them into certain gender roles. Each women in the society of Gilead is assigned a certain job that is stereotypical of a woman 's job such as cooking, sex, and reproduction. These women are the lowest class in Gilead and have no control. The men have superior power of the women but the women such as Ofgeln and Offred gain control in power in their lives.
In Margaret Atwood’s novel, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, Moira is depicted as the symbol for resistance to authority and represents hope to the Handmaids. Atwood presents her as a polar opposite to Offred. She is independent, strong-willed, and outspoken. Conversely, the pair can be argued to be doubles in the fact that they both ‘resist’ to the oppressive Republic in Gilead.
Conflict can be described as the struggle between two opposing forces, whether the forces being person vs person, person vs self or person vs society. Good examples of conflict can be found in almost any book. Margaret Atwood’s novel, the Handmaid’s Tale is a source of all three types of conflicts. The Handmaid’s Tale is about a society where females are given specific duties and are restricted from reading, writing, talking to others and looking at themselves in mirrors. The protagonist, Offred whom is also the narrator in the novel faces conflicts with herself, with other people, and the society that she lives in. Offred’s conflict with the commander’s wife Serena Joy only escalates throughout the book, as the two did not like each other
As I laid down to sleep I felt the same fear I did when I was younger and felt vulnerable to the evils of the world; I didn’t care though. I let those fears envelop me and pick at my brain. Laid out and still I was, ignoring the malice of the world sitting on my back, choking the innocence out of me. Eventually, I fell asleep and was saved by my dreams. My innocence was broken.
After eating, I cleaned myself off and put on some fresh clothing from Zaroff’s closet. When I opened the front door, I could see the fear that lay in that forest. Flashbacks instantly came flooding through my head. Although I was glad to have gotten rid of that inhumane man, I still couldn’t believe that I had something to do with another person’s death. The idea of death
“Hold still you little brat.” I looked up to see who had said that, but before I even got a glimpse of anyone, I felt an instant pain in my neck that trickled down my spine which then caused me to collapse. Sadly, while I laid there on the street, barely even able to think, I watched my mother and father be drug off unconscious, then loaded into a military truck that only left behind smoke and tire tracks. “Momma! don’t leave me!.
I was pulled out with only the clothes I was wearing and they tossed me a gun. With no words, they pointed to the back of a car. There was hardly any space for people to fit in the back but they made us hop in there anyway. As the truck starts to move off to the battlefield; my wife and children waved goodbye with a gloom face fearing if I would come back alive.
Sweat formed on my forehead. My brother, mother, and grandmother got in a taxi and drove to the home of my grandmothers current husband’s family. All of the doors were open. We didn’t knock we just went straight inside the home. I didn’t know a single person in that house.
Imagine a nation in which its government commands by a religion where women are separated into different titles and must conceive children for their commander. Their rights from before this regime, and anything deemed unholy by the government, are a thing of the past. This situation is the one represent in the Republic of Gilead, where the rules of society and its traditions are not taken lightly if broken. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood shows that an oppressive government leads to the inevitable neglect and remiss of the rules through Offred’s characterization, irony, and flashbacks.