Essays Tagged: "Handmaid"

A Compare and Contrast Essay Between Anthen & A Handmaids Tale

The two novels, The Handmaid's Tale and Anthem, are both haunting, first person tales of personal hardship in a closed a ... itarian to the point of dictating what your job will be, to whom you will have children with.In The Handmaid's Tale the story takes place sometime in the near future after some kind environmental cata ... ntracted out to powerful ranking officials to have their children. These women are referred too as 'handmaids.'Next, I would like to discuss the main characters, in The Handmaid's Tale and in Anthem. ...

(3 pages) 97 0 4.2 Jan/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers


Bullfinch once said "Mythology is the handmaid of literature...". That means thatmythology is necessarily subservient or subordinate to li ...

(3 pages) 75 0 3.0 Mar/1997

Subjects: Humanities Essays > Classical Studies > Mythology

1989 AP British Literature Question. Explain the use of Biblical allusions and how it advances the work as a whole. Road to Jezebel's: Biblical illusions in Margaret Atwood's the handmaid's tale.

In The Handmaid's Tale (New York: Anchor Books: 1998) by Margaret Atwood, the Gilead holds Offred, whose re ... considered property.Due to the decline in Caucasian births, the Gilead instituted what are known as Handmaids. The handmaid idea is taken from the Bible:And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no chil ... created an "instant pool" of women who were recruited for reproductive purposes and send to become "handmaids" for couples who could not produce Caucasian children.Men highly place in the regime were ...

(5 pages) 68 0 3.5 May/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors

Society's Views on Family Values and Children as Reflected in the novel "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood

out the monarchy's to enforce it the church's found their powerdecreasing. In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, the government and the churchare interchangeable. The government is what used to be ... views of a traditional religious monarchy and enforces them with modern day power.In the novel The Handmaid's Tale, there is a place called the 'Red Center', whichis a training facility. When one thi ...

(5 pages) 100 0 2.6 Jan/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Extremists takes matters into their own hands in Margaret Arwood's "The handmaids tale"

In Margaret Atwoods novel, 'The Handmaids Tale', the birth rate in the United States had dropped so low that extremists decided to t ... over themselves, and reducing the womens role in society to that of a silent birthing machine. One handmaid describes what happened and how it came about as she, too, is forced to comply with the new ... training facilities, but we learn the most about the red centers, where the women are trained to be handmaidens. In other words, mistresses, to bear children for wives who were no longer capable of ch ...

(6 pages) 70 0 4.3 Feb/1997

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Is the Power Absolute? Compare the power in Handmaid's tale and the Matrix. the power looks very strong, but actually it's not.

ht, or can they control everything they want? Here I'm going to talk about it both in the fiction---Handmaid's tale and movie---Matrix.Power is very strongly represented in Handmaid's tale and Matrix. ... Gilead, where all the women are controlled by the commanders. They are ranked in different classes. Handmaids are one of the classes belonging to the commanders like slaves, and their only duty is to ...

(5 pages) 127 1 4.5 Jun/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Title:Aggressive and Passive. Compare characters in the Handmaid's Tail between Hamlet. Offred is aggressive while Ophelia is passive

ho have contrary destinies because of their different attitudes.Offred is a powerless woman in "the Handmaid's Tale". She's a handmaid of a commander in Gilead. She has no freedom. She belongs to him ...

(2 pages) 85 1 2.8 Jun/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"How does Margaret Atwood portray the role of women in the Republic of Gilead?"

Gilead allows Offred only one function: to reproduce. She has a choice, this or death. Through 'The Handmaid's Tale' Margaret Atwood conjures up a terrifying image of a society that has completely rev ... the status of their husband and their fertility.Women are strictly categorised in Gilead, they are Handmaids, Wives, Marthas, Econowives or Aunts. Offred is a Handmaid. She showed her fertility in pr ...

(6 pages) 100 1 4.6 Sep/2002

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The Role of Women in Modern Society in Comparison To Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale"

Margaret Atwood's controversial dystopian novel, The Handmaid's Tale, leaves the reader with the lingering question of "what if?". Set in the near future ... The small number which made up the fertile population were taken to camps where training to become handmaidens for the upper-class people took place. The women of Gilead were denied all basic human r ... sic human rights, and although the main focus of this novel is of what may occur in our future, The Handmaid's Tale is an extension of the patriarchal societies of our past, and of those which are of ...

(6 pages) 124 0 4.5 Jan/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

A discussion of Margerat Atwood's use of shock in 'The Handmaid's Tale, and how it relates to current issues.

ers into a recognition of the dangers of our contemporary world?2637 words with quotesShock in 'The Handmaid's Tale' is used to keep the reader from being complacent with the text, to avoid the comfor ... be there for days, until there's a new batch.'The Particution in which a dissenter is given to the Handmaids of Gilead to brutalise as they wish has links to the Ancient Greek ritual sparagmos, the r ...

(11 pages) 79 1 5.0 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Book Report to the Class on A HANDMAID'S TALE by Margaret Atwood. May want to add more about the themes and take out some of the plot description.

Margaret Atwood, born in Ontario in 1939, has written several books, not just The Handmaid's Tale. Her most acclaimed novels were The Edible Women, which was her first novel, and was ... Britain's Booker Prize for Literature in the year 2000. However, her most widely known book is The Handmaid's Tale, which was published in 1986 and quickly became a best seller. It is now a staple of ... 6 and quickly became a best seller. It is now a staple of high school and college reading lists.The Handmaid's Tale is set in the near future in the fictional Republic of Gilead, which is started afte ...

(4 pages) 70 1 4.9 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Toronto: McClelland-Stewart, 1985, Seal Books edition 1998In "The Handmaid's Tale" ... son for this is partly because environmental pollution has made most of the human race sterile. The Handmaids Tale doesn't predict the future but looks at the attitudes that are typical of the religio ... een trivial enough remark, a kind of scholarly speculation. Right now its treason."(page 210)In The Handmaid's Tale, the government uses its power to "suspend the constitution" (Atwood 218") This allo ...

(7 pages) 125 0 5.0 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The organization, syntax, and imagery used in Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale.

Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, is in a class of its own. I have never read a book with its form of organization, s ...

(1 pages) 47 2 3.0 Jun/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

"The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

English LiteratureThe Handmaids TaleWill society ever reach a point where it is considered the 'natural norm' by all, and ... le would have different belief, values and expectations according to their past experiences. In The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, the oppressive Gilead regime enforces their new ideals on the u ... o look at the world as it really is, how it may come to be and the evils and problems within it.The Handmaid's Tale, being science fiction, is based around the future of our society today. Margaret At ...

(6 pages) 121 0 3.7 Jul/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

A comparison of the imagery and language in "The handmaid's tale" and Judith Wright's poems

In Margaret Atwood's "The handmaid's tale" and Judith Wright poems, some subject matters are similar because there are a lot o ... lar because there are a lot of imageries based on children and men, from voices of a woman. In "the handmaid's tale" the narrator has lost her child and husband, and in some Judith Wright poems it is ... at no one can tell. It uses language to bring romance and the nature of love to the readers.In "the handmaid's tale", Offred describes her memories with her husband Luke without a romantic tone. She d ...

(4 pages) 66 1 2.3 Sep/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

This essay compares the treatment of women in the novel Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood), and the country Afghanistan.

not even allowed to vote in an election. Many people who live in the United States, might read The Handmaid's Tale, and think that there is no possibility of a society which assumes absolute power ov ... rpretation to the harshness of society in Afghanistan toward women.From the opening chapters of The Handmaid's Tale we catch a glimpse into the overwhelmingly harsh society that is Gilead. The narrato ...

(3 pages) 45 0 4.0 Dec/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

An Argument on whether or not The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood should be banned- Pro Dystopia

to it, this wanting" (122). This is the desire of Margaret Atwood's central character Offred in The Handmaid's Tale. The novel is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead which is formally the ... about her new life and the responsibilities that come with it. She is then sent to a house to be a handmaid whose only functions are to go to the market and buy the food daily and to, most importantl ...

(11 pages) 76 0 3.5 Dec/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

'Discuss Atwood's presentation of "Gilead in the first seventy-six" pages of the novel'

'The Handmaid's Tale' - Margaret Atwood'Discuss Atwood's presentation of Gilead in the first seventy-six ... d's presentation of Gilead in the first seventy-six pages of the novel'The anti-utopian novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale' tells the futuristic story of Offred, a Handmaid of the oppressive Gileadean regime ... m being the religious influence. Repressed within this patriarchal society, Offred's only duty as a Handmaid is to reproduce for the Republic of Gilead.The dystopian Republic of Gilead is introduced m ...

(9 pages) 43 2 4.8 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

The Handmaids Tale

r country are safe. The latter is the setup of the Gileadean society in Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale. Women have no rights. They are assigned their ranking (social class) and told what ... ot able to reproduce they are punished. Offred, the main character, and narrator of the novel, is a Handmaid. This means she must do the shopping for her "household". She must also have intercourse wi ...

(6 pages) 44 0 4.0 Feb/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Discuss the Gileadean concept of "Freedom to, freedom from"

The dystopian novel, 'The Handmaid's Tale' implies the fact that there are two types of freedom, freedom to and freedom from. ... past life as an American women and those of her present life living under the Gileadean regime as a Handmaid.What is most apparent throughout the novel, is that of Margaret Atwood's criticisms of the ... " is said by Aunt Lydia whilst Offred is at the Red Centre, where she is still training to become a Handmaid. She claims that the only two types are 'freedom to' and 'freedom from', and that although ...

(5 pages) 72 0 3.0 Mar/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American