Feminism portrayed in Handsmaid

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SURNAME1NameCourse InstructorCourse NameDateFeminism as Portrayed in Handmaids TaleThe Handmaids Tale is a book that was written by a Canadian feminist author known asMargret Atwood in 1985. The setting was a time when there was war and the Christian extremisthad overthrown the United States government. Themes of this book is women oppression andhow their rights have been stricken from them making them live like prisoners. The events in thetale are said to be in a place referred to as the Gilead which is the former United States. Anarrator known as Offred gives her story of that time and how women and people are treatedafter the war. She describes the hash conditions that women live under and how they aredisregarded in many circumstances. During that time, infants are not being born and it wasrestricted. Women are captured and confined in a center where they are allocated households tobe living in. These households are big where a family would live but there are no children inthem. The handmaids are to perform sexual duties with the husbands of the household not out oflove but as a duty in order to give birth for them. Generally, the handmaids are vessels forconceiving babies for the household. In case the handmaid is not capable of getting pregnant theyare punished and put to death. The tale shows how many women are punished for lacking thiscapability and others commit suicide for the fear of punishment. Those who try to escape areseverely punished too.

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