The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Essay
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“There is more than one kind of freedom, said Aunt Lydia. Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from,” (Atwood 24). The Handmaid’s Tale, written by Margaret Atwood, is a novel set in the near future where societal roles have severely changed. The most notable change is that concerning women. Whereas, in the past, women have been gaining rights and earning more “freedom to’s”, the women in the society of The Handmaid’s Tale have “freedom froms”. They have the freedom from being abused and having sexist phrases yelled at them by strangers. While this may seem like a safer society, all of the “safeness” comes at a drastic cost. Atwood depicts a dystopia in The Handmaid’s Tale…show more content…
The main character, Offred, is a woman who lives in the Republic of Gilead. The Republic of Gilead overthrew the original United States government and quickly began to take away women’s rights. As a result, Offred was forced to become a Handmaid, a fertile woman whose job is to bear children for a Commander who has an infertile Wife. The story follows Offred through her ordeals as a Handmaid with virtually no rights. She hopes that she will become pregnant so that she will not be sent away with the sterile Unwoman, who are exiled to the Colonies to clean up deadly pollution. Offred misses what the country used to be and struggles to survive in the dystopia that has erupted. A totalitarian regime is a very large piece of what is typically required for a dystopia, and it is certainly present in The Handmaid’s Tale. A totalitarian regime is a political system where the state has complete control and authority over the society. One way that the Republic of Gilead controls its citizens is through surveillance. However, the surveillance is not equal in who is monitored. In the critical essay “Sexual Surveillance And Medical Authority in Two Versions Of The Handmaid’s Tale”, Pamela Cooper states that “The Handmaid’s Tale thus brings together pre-Christian notions of absolute patriarchal authority—the omniscient, avenging God—with postmodernist theories of the objectifying and possessive male
Essay on Fairy Tale Love
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Fairy Tale Love Once upon a time there was a beautiful young woman. She had bleached blonde hair, sparkling ocean blue eyes, and a super model figure. After struggling with life’s challenges for a few years a strong, dark, handsome stock broker came along and rescued her. It was love at first sight. They got married, had one boy and one girl (in that order), and then lived happily ever after. At one point in time I believed this modern day dream was a realistic outlook on love. My opinion of this fairy tale story has been changed throughout the lessons of this course. I set my expectations as a child as to what love should be. Through movies, TV, magazines, and music these ideas were implanted in my mind. This course and personal…show more content…
Prejudice out of love is very dangerous. Elizabeth could have lost the love of her life because of it. In everyday life, this prejudice from love causes controversy. In the future, I will not be so blinded by this.
Due to the popular culture presentations, I now concentrate on the real message of songs. I can look past the romantic theme, and listen to what the songs are truly revealing. I find myself not being as emotionally swayed by the lyrics. I laugh at the majority of songs I used to think had a deep profound meaning behind them that stirred such strong emotions inside of me.
Due to the movies that we have viewed in class, I believe romance is a Hollywood created concept. I had never realized how unrealistic the views of love being portrayed really are. Starting from a small child with Disney movies, all the way to modern day films such as Jerry McGuire, give the idea that fairy tale love exists and can happen in everyday live. This only leads one to set their expectations too high, and then is let down in the end.
Although the situations in the novels and popular culture presentations differed, the theme to me personally was the same. Love makes people blind and it hurts. Nel learned this lesson in Sula. She had no control over the fate of her marriage. Nel had lost contact with the reality of life outside of her marriage. Once the marriage was over, she had nothing left, just as Charity was after the ending