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"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood


The novel "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood is very rich in a lot of ways. The details of this dystopian novel, which take's place in the United States of America, is represented very well. The main character Offred, displays to the reader the world that she once lived in with her husband Luke and her daughter. This life was all before Offred's world was turned upside down. In this new society everything is very strict and everyone has their specific place and role. A handmaid,which is Offred's job, is to sleep with a commander once a month in a ritualistic way, in order to procreate. Women and men who cannot procreate are sent to the Colonies, in which they basically work until they die. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is a great novel, even though it is very controversial and it has even been banned in some schools, for the way that it discusses topics such as women's rights and being anti-Christian.

The reason why this novel is so, intriguing to read is because of the way Margaret Atwood takes the world that humans are accustomed to and transforms it into something so dark, but yet it can be seen as if this dystopian world could possibly happen. Offred as written about earlier in this post, truly shows life before this dystopian world and life in the mist of it. One of these descriptions of this is when readers learn specifically, how this dystopian world slowly began to take shape in Offred's personal life and in the lives of Luke and her daughter. This novel is written very well and is a different style then a number of dystopian books and this novel is also very multilayered.


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