handmaids tale Essay
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The central social hierarchy within the novel is the gender hierarchy, placing men in a position of extreme power. This is evident in every aspect of the book, as the entire Gilead society is male dominated. The Commander is at the top of the hierarchy and is involved with designing and establishing the current society taking control of a nation of women, and exploiting their power by controlling what is taught, what they can teach themselves and the words that they can use. Soon all of the women will become brainwashed, simply because it is made nearly impossible to defy the rules
The Eye is the next highest up and are used as spies to keep the society the way it is and make sure no one consorts against it. Angel’s are next because they…show more content…
Unwoman are last because no one wants them and they are outcasts.
In the handmaid’s tale the government has given the lead character and presumably all the other character a pill that makes them forget their past. In the case of the main character its effectiveness was not 100 percent and she remembers scraps of her previous life n her dreams. In her dreams she remember’s how they took her daughter away and how she loves her husband. Offred has no clue to his whereabouts or even if he’s alive.
The agents of control in offreds life start with the aunts in training the handmaid’s. the role is to mold the handmaid’s into their society, to make them presume that everything is the norm and not to desire more. Secondly is the eye. They are the thought in the backs of peoples minds that makes them follow the rules. No one knows quite who they are and can never be sure who to trust. This is the perfect way to control people without a constant presence.
I think Gilead is thought of as a theocracy it is a government in which there is no separation between state and religion. Its official vocabulary incorporates religious terminology and references to the bible. House servants are Marthas in reference to the woman who helped Jesus in the New Testament; the local police are “Guardians of the
Essay about The Handmaid's Tale
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In Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’, we hear a transcribed account of one womans posting ‘Offred’ in the Republic of Gilead. A society based around Biblical philosophies as a way to validate inhumane state practises. In a society of declining birth rates, fertile women are chosen to become Handmaids, walking incubators, whose role in life is to reproduce for barren wives of commanders. Older women, gay men, and barren Handmaids are sent to the colonies to clean toxic waste.
Fear is power. Fear is ever-present in Gilead; it is implemented through violence and force. It is through fear that the regime controls the Gileadian society. There is no way Offred, or the other Handmaids can avoid it. The dead bodies hanging on the wall…show more content…
99 ) gave the republic of Gilead the idea to use handmaids to bear children for barren wives. Bible readings and prayers before the ceremony, ‘’god hath given me hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband.’’(pg101 ) Is another example the regime justifies its actions and the role of the handmaid, to disguise what is actually taking place, which is the exploitation and abuse of women.
Offred's memories are a way for her to escape a society riddled with hopelessness. The authoritarian society of Gilead prevents her from being free, so Offred often recounts the time spent with her family and friends, and the independence she had before the regime. These memories frequently occur at night when she is alone in her room, ‘’But the night is my time out. Where should I go’’? (pg.475) her memories provide her with momentary relief from her hopeless situation. She sees her mental escapes as a form of rebellion, in a society where everything has been taken away from her; nobody can take away her memories. Atwood uses memory flashbacks to enable the reader to gain a deeper understanding of Offreds’ situation. Night, is also a time where she craves human contact, the need to feel the love and warmth of another person, she comments, ‘’ If I thought this would never happen again I think I would die.’’ (pg113 ) highlighting her need for emotional and sexual