Date Published: 1985

The Handmaid’s Tale: Summary

Step into a Chilling Tomorrow: The Unveiling of the 'The Handmaid's Tale' by Margaret Atwood.

Prepare to be arrested by the dystopian allure of 'The Handmaid's Tale.' It transpires within the borders of what was once the United States, now transformed into the theocratic regime of Gilead. A society that once relished freedom now bathes in a grotesque rendition of order and purity, a chilling echo of our cherished liberties buried deep within its heart. Our narrative navigates the clandestine channels of this land, as it painstakingly stitches the contours of the bizarre, patriarchy-dominated Gilead.

Our protagonist, Offred, a Handmaid in the new world order, is a crimson vision of subjugation. Handmaids serve a single purpose, to bear children for the barren Wives of the ruling class. She wears the scars of the old world and the wounds of the new, living in the quiet despair of stripped identities. Yet, within the soft rustle of her red robes, lies the muffled murmurings of rebellion.

This tale is a tapestry, woven with threads of former lives, their colour and vibrancy bleeding through the dull hues of Gilead. These threads interlace with tales of the present, shedding light on the staggering transformations that birthed this society. 'The Handmaid’s Tale' demands a surrendering of your senses, as it leads you through the labyrinth of a dark future that bears a haunting resemblance to the world we know.

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Date Published: 1985

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The Handmaid’s Tale: Genres

Dystopian Fiction
Feminist Literature
Speculative Fiction
Political Fiction

The Handmaid’s Tale: Main Characters

Offred: The handmaid, narrator, and protagonist of the novel, she is a woman of strength and resilience. She values her memories of the past and yearns for freedom, demonstrated through her narration and thoughts.

Serena Joy: The Wife of the Commander to whom Offred is assigned, she is a former televangelist, harsh and bitter. She values status and power, as shown by her cruel treatment of Offred.

The Commander: The man to whom Offred is assigned, he is a high-ranking official in Gilead. He values control and dominance, seen through his illicit relationship with Offred.

Moira: Offred’s best friend since college, Moira is a symbol of rebellion and resistance, demonstrated by her repeated attempts to escape Gilead.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Themes

The Danger of Dictatorial Governments: Demonstrated by the formation of Gilead, stripping away human rights and liberties.

The Power of Language: Language is manipulated in Gilead to control and suppress, exemplified by renaming women according to their roles.

Femininity and Subjugation: The Gilead society weaponizes femininity to control women, as seen in the role of Handmaids.

The Importance of Memory: Offred’s memories serve as a form of resistance, reminding her of her lost identity and freedoms.

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