Essays Tagged: "Handmaids Tale"

A Compare and Contrast Essay Between Anthen & A Handmaids Tale

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

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.

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

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

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 ... lls of shit and vomit.'Condoned brutality as a kind of catharsis from the enforced passivity of the Handmaids' lives has parallels with the violence presented in video games, where otherwise peaceable ...

(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 published ... 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 high schoo ...

(4 pages) 70 1 4.9 Mar/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaids Tale" .

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaids Tale are both novels in which the state, namely Oceania and Gilead, attempts to exert tota ... es. This as opposed to how one person deals with states operation as is the case with Offred in The Handmaids Tale.Additionally the historical notes at the end of The Handmaids Tale shows that the Gil ... Winston has a relationship with Julia'... and tears off her Junior Anti Sex League sash.'and in The Handmaids Tale as Offred has a relationship with Nick.'I think of how he might smell...tanned skin, ...

(8 pages) 92 0 3.3 Apr/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

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

llowed 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 over women's ... 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 narrator Offred, e ...

(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

at through her I too can build a family.'(63)This is the establishment of the role of the handmaid. Handmaids go through a monthly ritual involving her Commander inseminating her. In this ceremony, th ... that you're oppressing to be able to read... they get ideas if they read" (An Interview). Like the handmaids, slave women were seen as a source of reproducing. Instead of being sent toa colony like t ...

(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'

ctivity only necessary for creating offspring and so limits it to a process to be performed between Handmaids and Commanders, in order to increase the previously declining birth rate in a controlled m ... e conception of a combative state, governed by religious and patriarchal morals. Within Gilead, the Handmaids are denied their identity, as their own names are erased and replaced with the name of who ...

(9 pages) 43 2 4.8 Jan/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Betrayal: How It affects The Narrator in "The Space Merchants" and "The Handmaid's Tald"

y cutting off his hair, Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, and the list goes on. In both The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl the narrators were betrayed by thos ... her the one gift that he alone could give that would keep her his forever, Venus.In The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, the betrayal was much more difficult to find. In a first reading, one can b ...

(6 pages) 17 0 5.0 Apr/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Do the 'Historical Notes' in the Handmaid's Tale add to or detract from the novel?

The 'Historical Notes' featured at the end of the Handmaids tale explain several un-answered questions about the book. There has been much debate on t ...

(3 pages) 32 0 5.0 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Handmaid's Tale. Is Atwood's novel ultimately a feminist work of literature or does it offer a critique of feminism?

inism as the issue of feminism is imbued into her work.In Gilead, women are strictly categorized as Handmaids, Wives, Marthas, Econowives or Aunts. Offred is a Handmaid because she showed her fertilit ... ety. Despite their elevated status, they have do not have much power. Infertile wives are allocated Handmaids who have sex with their husbands in order to give birth. Marthas are servants of Commander ...

(5 pages) 41 0 5.0 Oct/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Comparison between 'The handmaids Tale' and '1894' (language as controlling force, language styles, structure and contexts'

Both the novels '1984' and 'The Handmaids Tale' provide warnings of how each author sees certain problems in society leading to dyst ... rent reasons. Resulting from Atwood's concerns about political groups and aspects of feminism; 'The Handmaids Tale' illustrates how declining birth rates could lead to a state where women are forced i ... removing words from a language do not exist. Religious discourse occurs in the conversation between handmaids. When Offred meets Ofglen her greeting is "Blessed be the fruit" and the accepted response ...

(14 pages) 97 0 5.0 Dec/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

Group Analysis of the Imagery, Symbolism, Figurative Language, Ironic Devices and more for "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood.

Imagery: Throughout the novel, "The Handmaid's Tale", Margaret Atwood presents an astonishing amount of vivid imagery and description that makes up ... haracter like Moira is a vital part in understanding any dystopian novel. Throughout The Handmaid's Tale we see Offred idolize the strength, wit and individuality of her friend Moira. Though she has m ...

(11 pages) 33 0 5.0 Dec/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American > Authors

Discuss Imagery in the 'Handmaid's Tale' by Margharet Atwood

detail of her shapeless red uniform with its blinders is recounted.We learn of the Red Center where handmaids are trained. Of the house of the 'Commander' where Offred must live to attempt to bear his ... Offred to describe herself clearly infer the dehumanization resulting from Gilead's stripping from Handmaids their "freedom to" do anything but bear children.It is important to remember, though, that ...

(7 pages) 44 0 5.0 Mar/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

How far have you found parallels in the presentation of the societies in "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale"

se the dystopia by engaging the reader through third person narration.In contrast Atwood tells 'The Handmaids Tale' in first person narrative. 'I'd like to believe it is like a fairytale.' This means ... rration adopted by Orwell allows you to see a clearer image of how the state operates, whereas 'The Handmaids Tale' shows how one person deals with state operation.In addition the historical notes at ...

(19 pages) 47 0 5.0 Apr/2007

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Hand Maids Tail

lives of, and giving strength to the mental institute's patients. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is about society being taken over ans run by a government. The story is told as seen thr ... ut in the open in a controlled society, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "The Handmaid's Tale" are similar in many ways. Both take place in environments that have a goal of forcing th ...

(4 pages) 13 0 0.0 Jul/2001

Subjects: Humanities Essays

1984 Vs. A Handmaids Tale

if they happened yesterday is what keeps us sane. The main characters in both, Margaret Atwood?s A Handmaids Tale and George Orwell?s 1984 live in a world where everyone is controlled, and everything ... Much of her recollection of the past, revolved around how love was ?free?. Many of the themes in A Handmaids Tale relate back to the issue of ?freedom?. The love she remembers is the love that, was n ...

(7 pages) 13 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > North American

Handmaid's Tale

hem go on; it is one of the most important things people have - hope. In the society of Gilead, The Handmaids that want change hold hope as one of the most important things to them. It can't be found ...

(6 pages) 18 0 3.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Gender and Power in the Handmaids Tale

better than the Chariot, much better than the chunky, practical Behemoth". Gilead even removes the Handmaids names, in this society the are know as Of[Male name here] in reference to the Commander in ... language, sexuality is heavily controlled and repressed in Gilead, especially that of females. The Handmaids (Of which Offred is) don in skirts that are "ankle-length, full, gathered to a flat yoke t ...

(7 pages) 22 0 0.0 Jun/2009

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

'Sanity is a valuable possession' Sanity in the handmaid's tale.

has. She finds things such as the FAITH pillow, which she sees as almost a private pleasure because Handmaids are not permitted to read. She also discovers some words in her closet, "in tiny writing, ... r rebelling, as Offred does. The desire to disturb the system is evident within most chapters. Most Handmaids would never even dare to have a thought about betraying their household or Gilead, those a ...

(4 pages) 0 0 0.0 Jan/2014

Subjects: Social Science Essays > Sociology