Throughout her narrative, Offred relies upon linguistic invention as an internal voice of self-expression, subjectivity, and, ultimately, survival, as her tapes suggest that women may transcend oppression by documenting and sharing their experiences.
Only after repeated attempts to access her funds does Offred realize that control of assets no longer exists for the women of Gilead. The end of the story shows Offred being taken away by the secret police.
These are concerned with a group of scholars in whose main interest is the study of Gilead as a historical phenomenon, not in the person Offred. She gets into the van, not knowing what the future may hold for her. Women internalize this state-created attitude, even independent women like Offred.
After the collapse of the Republic of Gilead, it is implied that a more equal society was formed.
They usually have to make some compromise with the world around them, rather than winning a clear victory, but they survive. Offred also describes the many new roles and social structures that make up life in Gilead, including the different classes of women, and the course of their daily lives in this new theocracy.
While Offred is permitted to satisfy her sexual longings with Nick, Serena stands to benefit from the prestige of having a birth in her home, a ceremonious event in itself attended by the Wives and Handmaids. Atwood frequently employs satire as a method of social critique: Though initially passive and hopeless, Offred is gradually emboldened by her brief exchanges with Ofglen.
Indigenous to dystopian fiction is the perversion of technology, as evidenced in Brave New World,Anthem, and R. The wives, who often call the Handmaids sluts, feel the pain of this sanctioned adultery. We meet Offred during her third assignment as a Handmaid; after a few years handmaids are relocated.
However, neither Offred nor the reader is sure if she is actually being rescued.
Handmaids are women who act as living wombs for the ruling classes; bearing children for Wives who can no longer have children of their own. Except for the postscript chapter, the novel is told in everyday speech, although the narrator does use a number of new terms invented by the new regime e.
This is due in part to declining fertility rates worldwide, as a result of pollution and STIs. She shares a lot of information with Nick, about her past and her husband.
Clarke Award in In particular, she recalls her time with her husband, Luke, and their daughter, and their attempt to escape to Canada. Symbols are objects, characters, figures, or colors used to represent abstract ideas or concepts.
The omnipresence of Eyes, Angels, Guardians, and Aunts—all agents of state sponsored repression—evoke an atmosphere of constant surveillance and social control in which biblical mandate, fascist tactics, and technology are all merged.
Rather, it blends a number of approaches and formats in a radical departure from predictable sci-fi or thriller fiction or feminist literature. Full study guide for this title currently under development. For the next few years, with her series of writer-in-residence posts, Atwood continued to live a semi-nomadic life.
Women cease to be treated as individuals, with independent selves. Unwomen, like Jews, African Americans, Catholics, and other groups considered undesirable by the Gilead regime are not allowed in Gilead.
A select number of women who are fertile and unmarried are recruited as Handmaids; they wear red habits with white hoods and are assigned to a Commander, a high-ranking government official, and his post-menopausal Wife. In the face of rampant sexual license, gang rape, pornography, venereal disease, abortion protest, and the undermining of traditional values, the fundamentalists who set up Gilead fully expect to improve human life.From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes The Handmaid’s Tale Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.
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