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The Handmaid's Tale
Transcript of The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
By Margaret Atwood
Published in 1985
By critically analyzing the characters in this novel with a feminist and gender approach, it is evident that men and women in society are afraid to go against socially-constructed gender expectations. Hence, conforming to certain societal expectations leads to sadness and loss of individuality.
By applying the feminist and gender analysis to the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, a clear explanation is revealed.
Having a society where people are marginalized by force based on their gender and status in society will lead to societal anguish and loss of originality.
How is feminist / gender theory
The Handmaid's Tale?
Since men and women are afraid to
stray from society's expectations, it leads to the effect of restricting their beliefs.
Strict law influenced by religion
Persuades the idea that women are are required to give birth
During ceremonies, commanders read...
Leads to sadness
Ideas & Issues
After a series of events, the city of Gilead experiences a decrease in birth rates.
Illness and birth control are the cause
Women who are still fertile are forced to give birth.
IDEAS & ISSUES
The fear drives them to live in secrecy
Quote: “Masculine and feminine roles are not biologically fixed but socially constructed” (Butler-2005).
Denying their freedom of interactions
Quote: “the force imagined to generate language and gender, and so subverting the structure and modes of reproduction of
'Western' identity,” (Haraway - 2008).
Manipulation of power
Gender conflict / inequality
Submission to the regime
FEMINIST / GENDER
Quote: "But they were Godless, that can make all the difference don't you agree?" (Atwood, 137)
Stigma towards people portraying different gender roles
Fear of punishment from society
Leads to living in secrecy and hiding gender identity
Results in losing individuality
Men and women in literature are forced to generate a specific way of speaking
I'm finally done yess