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How effective is the opening chapter of The Handmaids Tale?

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GCSE Margaret Atwood

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How effective is the opening chapter of The Handmaids Tale?

Introduction.

This book is a depiction of an anti-utopian future society, along with others like '1984' and 'Brave New World'.

It combines a futuristic reality, feminism and politics to create a very detailed novel considering many different aspects of 'Gilead'.

'Offred' is the complex lead character who draws us into the seemingly perfect but corrupt world of Gilead. Her pain is experienced by the readers who long to remember exactly what she has forgotten, and what she wants to find out.

The experiences she goes through are strange, sometimes outright bizarre, and her world comes crashing down on us.

'The Handmaids Tale' is very thought-provoking, the future of women and indeed the world lies in the actions of today's society, and Atwood uses her perceptions of the present world to support the background of her novel.

Altogether 'The Handmaids Tale offers what all novels should: love, loss, action, comedy (ironic, but appropriate) vision, and plot. It plays with all emotions.

Time

In The handmaids tale (THT) the use of time is a key feature. Frequently throughout the book we

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