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AS and A Level: The Handmaid's Tale

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  1. How Far is The Handmaids Tale a Dystopian Text, Specifically at the Regime of Gilead and its Successes and Flaws?

    Despite being obviously morally wrong (for instance, Handmaids are practically raped weekly in order to bear a child for their 'commander', and that only heterosexual white people are allowed in the regime) many of the people in Gilead do not rebel. This is because they are scared of what might happen if they do. There are 'eyes' dotted all over the country who will have them executed if they rebel. Offred is even scared of reading the 'FAITH.' cushion in her bedroom, as 'It's the only thing they've given me to read.'

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  2. Examine how Atwood presents Offred's sense of self in "The Handmaid's Tale"

    The air of desirability Atwood gives these things reflects how Offred desires them. However, this does not mean that Offred needs these things to regain her sense of self; Atwood simply uses them as symbols of Offred's true identity which she attributes to herself and her life before the regime. In contrast, Atwood uses negative language to describe the red dress Offred now wears. The phrases, "a nondescript woman in red"7 and, "the colour of blood, which defines us"8 hint at Offred's contempt towards her red dress. This shows how Offred recognises that her obligatory red dress is not a reflection of her personality (as clothing should be)

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