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Individual Oral Presentation

IOP for IB on Hamlet and The Handmaids Tale
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Ashley Reedy

on 31 January 2013

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Individual Oral Presentation Submissiveness vs. Independency Serena Joy The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood "The Handmaids Tale" Inability to produce a child creates Serena Joy to be submissive towards Offred

Subject to the sexual relationship between the commander (her husband) and Offred, and the feelings associated with it

Conflict - once a strong advocate for submissive female roles, yet now she is submissive herself

Knows what the feeling of independence is, longs for it again (Chapter 16, page 95) Serena Joy lets go of my hands. “You can get up now,” she says. “Get up and get out.” She’s supposed to have me rest, for ten minutes, with my feet on a pillow to improve the chances. This is meant to be a time of silent meditation for her, but she’s not in the mood for that. There is loathing in her voice, as if the touch of my flesh sickens and contaminates her.” Close Reading Quote "Her speeches were about the sanctity of the home, about how women should stay home…She doesn’t make speeches anymore. She has become speechless. She stays in her home, but it doesn’t seem to agree with her. How furious she must be, now that she’s been taken at her word.” Quote "So, you’re the new one, she said. She didn’t step aside to let me in, she just stood there in the doorway, blocking the entrance. She wanted me to feel that I could not come into the house unless she said so." Ashley Reedy The submissiveness forced by society vs. the desire to be independent. Queen Gertrude Hamlet by William Shakespeare unresistingly or humbly obedient Submissive(adj): Submit(v): 1) to give over or yield to the power or authority of another.
2) to be subject to some kind of treatment or influence Close Reading Quote Chapter 8, pages 45 and 46 (Chapter 3, page 13 "Hamlet" Argument: Queen Gertrude's submissiveness is due to a social responsibility Submissive in the form of reliance Completely dominated by men
- i.e. Hamlet, Claudius Importance of Gertrude is placed under that of Claudius' rule Close Reading Quote Hamlet: Act 1, Scene 2, Page 6, Lines 143 to 155 “Why, she would hang on him
As if increase of appetite had grown
By what it fed on, and yet, within a month—
Let me not think on ’t. Frailty, thy name is woman!—
A little month, or ere those shoes were old
With which she followed my poor father’s body,
Like Niobe, all tears. Why she, even she—
O God, a beast that wants discourse of reason
Would have mourned longer!—married with my uncle,
My father’s brother, but no more like my father
Than I to Hercules.” Quote Act 2, Scene 2, Page 2; Lines 33 & 34 Claudius: Thanks, Rosencrantz and gentle Guildenstern.
Gertrude: Thanks, Guildenstern and gentle Rosencrantz. In Hamlet's eyes... Hamlet: Act 3, Scene 2, Page 18, Lines 358 to 361 “I will speak daggers to her but use none.
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites.
How in my words somever she be shent,
To give them seals never, my soul, consent!” Quote Claudius: Act 3, Scene 3, Page 3, Lines 54 to 56 “That cannot be, since I am still possessed
Of those effects for which I did the murder:
My crown, mine own ambition, and my queen.” Conclusion - Serena Joy and Gertrude both submissive in every definition - Serena Joy expresses desire to be independent - Queen Gertrude ultimately depends on others

- Both characters have conflict of roles vs. reality
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