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The Position Of Women In Our Society.

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  • Submitted: 15/03/2004
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GCSE Sociology

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The Position Of Women In Our Society

Margaret Attwood predominantly chooses to exaggerate the oppression faced by women in today's society, in order to show its effects in Gilead. In spite of this, some frightening parallels can still be drawn. These parallels are not always explicitly set out by Attwood, rather they are implicitly implied furthering Attwood's intended effect of realisation that similar events to those in Gilead, actually take place in certain societies of the world we live in. This implicitness leaves the reader able to use their own imagination to find examples of these particular types of oppression rather than simply referring to events in the middle east or in parts of Afghanistan, for example.

This novel quite clearly gives more importance to its female characters rather than the males, of which there are only three of note (Luke, Nick and the Commander). Any references to these three are also limited to simply parts of the narrative being told, rather than being given the opportunity to express any real emotions or to be involved in direct dialogue. This leaves the female characters with the ability to have a hold over the story through

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