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The importance of religion in the Handmaid's Tale

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Yahya Qatramiz

on 12 May 2011

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The Importance of religion in the Handmaid's Tale And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children , Rachel envied her sister said unto Jacob, give me children, or else i die, And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel; and he said, am i in god's stead who hath witheld from thee the fruit of the womb? and she said, behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her and she shall bear upon my knees that i may also have children by her
- Genesis 30:1-3 the author deliberately yet creatively used foreshadowing through religious text
Why didn’t the author, use some other sort of language?

Because religion is known as a power text The passage on page 19&20 From "a shape red (19)" to "praise be (20)" Color and its meaning from a religious’ perspective Life Innocence “A shape, red with white wings around the face, a shape like mine.” (19) The conversation between Offred and Ofglen “Blessed be the fruit ,” she says to me, the accepted greeting among us. “may the lord open,” I answer, the accepted response" (19) “Blessed be the fruit” “may the lord open" all forms of personal conversation are prohibited and replaced by biblical phrases This type of conversation not only has a biblical connotation but also shows the role and function that these women have in society, which is pretended to be of religious nature The second Coversation between Offred and Oflgen "she may be a real believer, a handmaid im more than a name. i cant take the risk. "the war is going well i hear",she says. "praise be" i reply
"we've been sent good weather"
"which i receive joy with"
"they've defeated more of the rebel, since yesterday".
"praise be". i say.
i dont ask her how she knows "what were they?"
"Baptists. they had a stronghold in the blue hills. they smoked them out"
"Praise be" (19/20)
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