The Handmaid’s Tale
Freedom To and Freedom From
In “the time before”, Gilead had become a place where “women were not protected”. Gilead was very unsafe and percussions had to be taken. For example women were told not to open their door to a stranger even if they said it was the police (ID’s had to be slid underneath the door), they were told not to stop and help a motorist ‘pretending’ to be in trouble and not to “go into a laundromat at night, alone.”
This shows that the society of Gilead as a whole had become very cautious. This also proves that in some sense Gilead was in danger from its security.