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Oppression in Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Oppression in Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, the oppression is an everyday norm. The story develops in a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United-States. Atwood focuses on writing about women whose freedom is completely restricted and how they live in a society where gender inequality is prevalent. Throughout the novel, rape and gender violence and political language pervasively advance the oppression of the woman. Women also helps the dictatorial regime to oppress the fellow women as portrayed by the women in the richer households who uses their higher hierarchy to oppress other women below them. Atwood brings an important problem, and she advances the theme of oppression by use of symbols, motifs relationships of character, the power people have in households. In The Handmaid’s Tale Atwood exhibits that humans will endure oppression if they receive some slight amount of power of freedom in return. THIS IS A PREVIEW ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

In a totalitarian regime, people are held captive by the societal norms which to them they are more important than their rights and freedom. Atwood used Ceremony symbolically to show how it important the ritual it is despite being unlawful and traumatizing.  Women are the main victims of the Ceremony since it meant to introduce them to the productivity world. The Ceremony is meant to help to reproduce, and in the event, they cannot give birth successfully, then they are made to blame themselves. For example, Janine blames herself for two miscarriages as described by Ofglen, “she thinks it’s her fault…Two in a row. For being sinful” (215). ). In the novel, Ceremony has been capitalized to represent a high status in the society.  As showcased through Offred, people, especially women are ready to sacrifice their dignity and rights to gain social status. Offred accepts oppression in the Ceremony, and amazingly she goes ahead by justifying it. “Nor does rape cover it: nothing is going on here that I haven’t signed up for” (Atwood 94). END OF PREVIEW ORDER YOUR PAPER NOW

Works Cited

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. New York: Anchor Books, 1998. Print

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