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Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is another dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, published in 1985. Set in a totalitarian society called the Republic of Gilead, the story is narrated by a woman named Offred. In this society, women’s rights have been severely restricted, and the few remaining fertile women are forced into the role of Handmaids, whose sole purpose is to bear children for the ruling class.

The novel explores themes of power, control, gender oppression, and the consequences of religious fundamentalism taken to extremes. Offred’s narrative provides a glimpse into the oppressive regime of Gilead, where women are stripped of their autonomy and treated as property of the state.

Throughout the novel, Offred struggles to maintain her identity and agency in the face of constant surveillance and manipulation. She forms connections with other women in similar circumstances, finding both solidarity and danger in their shared experiences.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been widely acclaimed for its powerful portrayal of a dystopian society and its relevance to contemporary discussions about gender, politics, and reproductive rights. It has been adapted into various forms, including a successful television series, further cementing its status as a modern classic.


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