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Having read the feminist text write about The Handmaids Tale in regards of this.

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Having read the feminist text write about ?The Handmaid?s Tale? in regards of this. Margaret Atwood having wrote ?The Handmaid?s Tale?, a novel about a society in which all women rights have been removed would have come across as extremely startling to a world where the women?s suffrage movement in America had started over 100 years earlier and women had finally been given the right to vote 25 years beforehand which had essentially been the point where the feminist movement had become widely acknowledged with the literacy studies on feminism such as that of Kate Millett?s. Margaret Atwood?s thoughts on her novel ?a book about what happens when certain causally held attitudes about women are taken to their logical conclusions?, explores the feminist theory by creating a society in the near future in which the rights of women, which women all over the world had worked hard for, for centuries are taken away giving women a new role in life. The protagonist Offred lives in a time where a revolution had happened years previously which put into authority authoritarian power. The new government see the Handmaid?s as an instrument of the government as they are the only women who can reproduce due to the dangerously low reproduction rates as a result of nuclear results which led 99% of women to be sterile. ...read more.

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Atwood deliberately uses a protagonist that the feminist theory criticises in literature; Offred is passive and only possibly escapes due to a man (Nick) possibly saving her, creating a damsel in distress character. However Atwood does this because Offred is a symbol of the majority of young women in the 1980?s, acceptant of her position as a woman, having some freedom but not as much as she should, this illustrated as she tells the readers of her life pre-revolution as she worked in a library with only females. Her affair with her later husband Luke while he was married also goes against the sisterhood that feminists encourage, however it makes for a more relatable and human character, someone the female readers that Atwood was addressing the novel to would sympathise with. Her memories of the past during the sexual revolution introduce to us characters such as Offred?s mother and her best friend Moira are the feminist literary constructs in the novel. Offred?s embarrassment of her mother?s actions, formerly desiring for a mother who women had been oppressed into being for centuries ? a domestic mother. ?You young people don?t appreciate things she?d say. You don?t know what we had to go through, just to get you where you are?, there is a sense of foreshadowing as Offred will later appreciate the life she once had, however she only does this once it is too late to change anything. ...read more.

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Men found things too easy to get as there wasn?t a challenge in getting women to sleep with them, also with women having new found freedoms such as being able to work and have money of their own left the men with no purpose, as they were no longer the heroes or the providers like they had been portrayed to be in literature as the women were no longer damsels in need of saving. ?Most of the male characters that she examined were denigrating, exploitative, and repressive in their relations with women?. ?The Handmaid?s Tale? presents the true nature of men in the novel, hiding from any assumptions that they repressed women?s rights in order to protect women, but rather so that men could stay in the same position in life. The only way they could get their purpose in life back was to revoke women?s freedoms, at the cost of the happiness of most women. This supports the extremist feminist view that men purposely suppress women so they can have total control. Atwood?s novel can be regarded as a feminist piece due to the portrayal of a society where women?s rights are infringed even more than it had previously been in history. She encourages her female readers embrace the female history in order for history not to repeat itself which she feared when she wrote the novel, due to conservative people coming to power condemning the sexual revolution. ...read more.

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