The Handmaid’s Tale is a story of the mistreatment of woman in this seemingly past tense yet futuristic world called the Gilead. The women are treated horribly and this is a cause of man kind’s discrimination. Not just discrimination of the opposite sex but in a power trip kind of way. Many of which elements are presented in the novel represent what the African Americans went through during the time of slavery and black rights. The facts that there are elements of sexism, the woman endure many acts of torture, murders, and somewhat acts of slavery.
A brought up way of living is how the Handmaids must cover themselves up and wear long veils, robes, and wings; as for the woman of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, and other types of South Asian countries, they too have to wear these gourmets. This is the sense of man’s control over woman. The woman in these various countries mustn’t look at anyone directly, if so they could be killed. The same woman have to endure pain and suffering in the world today. Maybe the portrayal of this book is the reincarnation of stories told from other countries, just modernized to American novella types.
"It was after the catastrophe, when they shot the president and machine-gunned the Congress and the army declared a state of emergency." (Atwood 174)
"Once, though, I heard Rita say to Cora that she wouldn't debase herself like that.
Nobody asking you, Cora said. Anyways, what could you do, supposing?
Go to the Colonies, Rita said. They have the choice.
With the Unwomen, and starve to death and Lord knows what all?" (10)
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