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Plot summary[ edit ] The Handmaid's Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a theonomic military dictatorship formed within the borders of what was formerly the United States of America. The new regime, the Republic of Gilead, moves quickly to consolidate its power, including overtaking all pre-existing religious groups, including traditional Christian denominations, and reorganize society along a new militarized, hierarchical model of Old Testament -inspired social and religious fanaticism among its newly created social classes.
In this society, human rights are severely limited and women's rights are strictly curtailed. For example, women are forbidden to read, and anyone caught in homosexual acts would be hanged for "gender treachery".
The story is told in the first person by a woman called Offred. The character is one of a class of women with healthy reproductive systems, in an era of declining birth rates owing to increasing infertility. These women are forcibly assigned to produce children for the ruling class and are known as "handmaids", based on the biblical story of Rachel and her handmaid Bilhah.
Offred describes her life during her third assignment as a handmaid, in this case to an important official referred to as "The Commander". Interspersed with her narratives of her present-day experiences are flashback discussions of her life from before and during the beginning of the revolution, when she finds she has lost all autonomy to her husband, their failed attempt to escape to Canada, and finally her indoctrination into life as a handmaid by government-trained women called "Aunts".
Offred describes the structure of Gilead's society, including the different classes of women and their lives within the new theonomy. The women are physically segregated by colour of clothing—blue, red, green, striped and white—to signify social class and assigned position, ranked highest to lowest.
The Commanders' wives are dressed in blue, handmaids in red, Marthas cooks and maids in green.
Striped clothing is for all other women called "Econowives" who essentially do everything in the domestic sphere. Young, unmarried girls are dressed in white. The Commander is a high-ranking official in Gilead. Although his contact with Offred is supposed to be limited to "the ceremony", a ritual of rape intended to result in conception and at which his wife is present, he begins an illegal relationship with Offred.
Secret meetings occur in his study, which the Commander's wife is not permitted to enter. The room is filled with books and is considered a private place for the man of the house.
During these meetings, he tries to earn her trust by talking and playing board games such as Scrabble with her. He also lets and watches her read, another offense, as women are not permitted to read and write.
The Commander offers her contraband products, such as old s fashion magazines and cosmetics. Finally, he gives her lingerie and takes her to a government-run brothel called Jezebel's. This brothel is meant to add variety to men's sex lives which, as claimed by the Commander, is necessary.
At Jezebel's, Offred encounters her friend, Moira, who had escaped from the handmaid training center, and learns how she came to be there.
Moira explains that defiant women who could not adjust to the new society might be offered work at Jezebel's rather than be forced to work in the Colonies, cleaning up radioactive waste.
The women in the brothels are allowed alcohol and drugs, a freedom Offred notes. Though they are allowed to choose their patrons, they are discouraged from refusing a man's advances. The Commander's wife, Serena Joy, is a minor antagonist.
Offred remembers her as a Christian media personality who supported women's domesticity and subordinate role well before Gilead was established. Serena is clearly bored and unhappy—that she was taken at her word, Offred assumes—and hates sharing her husband with a handmaid.
Ironically, though, Serena also has secret interactions with Offred, arranging for her to sleep with Nick, the Commander's driver, in an effort to get Offred pregnant. In return, Serena Joy gives her news of her daughter and a recent photo. Offred has not seen her child since she and her family were captured trying to escape Gilead.
After Offred's initial meeting with Nick, they begin to meet more frequently. Offred discovers she enjoys sex with him, despite her indoctrination and her memories of her husband. She shares potentially dangerous information about her past with him.
Through her shopping partner, a woman called Ofglen, Offred learns of the Mayday resistance, an underground network working to overthrow the Republic of Gilead. Shortly after Ofglen's disappearance later revealed as a suicidethe Commander's wife finds evidence of the relationship between Offred and the Commander.
As the novel concludes, Offred tells Nick that she thinks she is pregnant. Shortly afterwards, she is taken away by men wearing the uniform of the secret police, the Eyes of God, known informally as "the Eyes". As she is led to a waiting van, Nick tells her to trust him and go with the men.
It is unclear whether the men are actually Eyes, or members of the Mayday resistance. Offred is unsure if Nick is a member of Mayday or an Eye posing as one, and is unsure if leaving will result in her escape or her capture.You must be an admitted student before you can register.
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Leben und Werk. Margaret Atwood verbrachte ihre frühe Kindheit in Ottawa, Quebec und Ontario. nahm ihr Vater, ein Entomologe, eine Stelle an der University of Toronto an, wo sie bis zu ihrem Collegeabschluss am Victoria College lebte.
Nach einem Studium der englischen Sprache und Literatur an der University of Toronto und dem Radcliffe . Search tool used to locate a specific marriage among those that are maintained by the La Salle County Genealogy Guild. In the essay, "True North," Margaret Atwood articulates explicitly that the real north is a dangerous and overwhelming environment for anyone to approach or interact with.
Atwood also argues vigorously that the consequence of entering the north is deleterious. In the essay, Atwood. In honour of the award-winning adaptation, here is a look at some of the influences Atwood had when writing the novel.