Dystopian Women In The Handmaids Tale

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In the world of Gilead, women are needed solely for their ability to produce children. The women, or Handmaids, are not treated as human beings, but rather as belongings. Women who are unable to give birth to a child are even labeled as “unwomen.” They can only leave the house to run errands, and are not even allowed to educate their minds or entertain themselves. However, even though they are not treated very well, these women play the most important role in their society. Without the Handmaids, the whole system that Gilead lives around would not be able to endure and sustain the government that it has. In The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the author uses diction to portray that the Handmaids of this dystopian world have an unrecognized power that guides the whole society. In the beginning of the novel, Offred and another Handmaid named Ofglen are out on their walk, in which they are allowed only to get groceries and return back to their households. As they are walking,…show more content…
After coming back from the Birth at Janine’s household, Cora finds comfort in hearing Offred speak about the Birth and the baby. Offred notices this and reflects on what she means to the household. Atwood writes, “It’s up to me to repay the team, justify my food and keep, like a queen ant with eggs. Rita may disapprove of me, but Cora does not. Instead she depends on me. She hopes, and I am the vehicle of that hope,” (Atwood 135). The author shows that the Handmaids are the “vehicle of hope” in their households. Cora hopes to be able to have a child around the house, Serena Joy hopes to get Offred out of the house. In this case, Offred is the only way for the others in the household to live what would be considered a happy life in this dystopian setting. Offred is considered the “queen ant” in that she is the final deciding factor in the way that these people live. Her fate decides their fates as
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