Essay On The Handmaid's Tale By Margaret Atwood

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The influential novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is prodigious for the numerous messages and ideals that it represents and I believe that it should continue to remain in the high school classes. The novel mainly discusses life during a war and exposes the abhorrent living conditions at the time. It also goes on to focus on the life of women and how they live their lives on a daily basis. Throughout the novel, these women are abused and are forced to do actions against their own will. Women in this society in particular are represented with no given deference or formality. All in all, through the novel Atwood is able to elucidate in a clear way the various impediments the prominence of women’s rights, why it so important to stand…show more content…
In the novel, we witness the numerous rights that women have and how they are being broken consistently. These women are denied their basic rights such as their sexual choices, the freedom of speech, and the freedom from physical abuse. The novel centers around Offred, a typical women whose rights have been restrained due to the new government. Throughout the novel, the government had been brainwashing Offred and many other handsmaid's into believing that the sole purpose in her life is to bear children and serve their commander. Offred states how they're life they have force their happiness, but they are not really happy it’s just that they have no rights and have to force their happiness and say nothing for their own safety. Offred says “He asks, are you happy," says the interpreter. I can imagine it, their curiosity: Are they happy? How can they be happy? There is a silence. But sometimes it's a dangerous not to speak. "yes, we are very happy," I murmur. I have to say something. What else can I say?" (Atwood pg. 33). The quotation shows us the readers, how the people have no freedom, such as the freedom of the speech, they have to lie about their happiness because they fear the
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