The Handmaid’s Tale
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The Handmaid's Tale Atwood, Margaret.1986. "The Handmaid's Tale." The Handmaids Tale focuses itself on some past history of societies that once were and to some extent may be reality of today. The main characters face certain uncertainty unless they follow the rules of the society and accept their position within the society. One must contemplate whether there may be any risk, large or small, that the current society we live in may be susceptible to this type of change. If you consider the base to be that of old day Puritan values with some additional changes within the culture there are individuals of both sexes that would accept the altered way of life. Considerations to other world powers, not necessarily superpowers, could influence and change due to religious beliefs as well as terrorism to bring in change. Many would believe that this would not happen in the society of today within the United States as there are governing bodies, laws, and political beliefs to protect the freedom of individuals.
This city had checkpoints with guards and walls to contain the limits. It also allowed visitors to the city for people to view the culture and its habitants. This would leave one to believe this could have been an isolated case that may have resulted in the takeover of a state or city alone, and if so how would it survive attacks from governing bodies? Current history has a case that could assimilate the Handmaids tale in Gilead. This case is of the cult within the Waco Texas society that was attacked by the FBI and forced to surrender under terms not even considered to be humane by some. This society lived by its own rules and beliefs in both religion and with force. The government of the U.S. monitored the cult closely until such a time determined it was time to action for the release of the people. This action by the government led to the total destruction of all of the members of the community by certain death from the attack on the camp.
It is not unheard of for the groom to adopt the brides name if there are no other males within the generation to carry on the bride's family name. With the divorce rate maintaining its level of almost 50% it leaves many families with choices to make. Many of these families with children residing with the mother have the mother maintain the grooms name if adopted during the wedding. This is done for reasons of the children's upbringing within school districts and also within the society being that it is completely acceptable. To some males there may be great differences between both parties and potentially both families if the bride wishes to maintain her maiden name. Dependent on the families' social status or heritage it may be considered to be unethical. It would not be surprising that these differences could become irreconcilable differences leading to break ups prior to the marriages. Although the practice could be considered similar the difference lies in the ownership of the Handmaid within this story that is not a practice within the society of today in the U.S.
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