A Story of Rebellion

Books to give you hope: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Atwood’s dystopia is a terrifying vision of patriarchal oppression, but it is also a story of rebellion and the indomitability of the human spirit.

Welcome to the Republic of Gilead, formerly the United States of America. There’s been a coup, the president has been murdered and an all-powerful, Christian fundamentalist army has imposed a terrifying new order on its citizens. The country’s borders have been shut. There is no escape. Women are the main target of the regime’s brutality. Their rights and personal freedoms have been abolished. They are no longer allowed to work, to own assets or to be in relationships not sanctioned by the state. They are now categorised according to marital status and reproductive ability. They are either Wives, married to Commanders, the founders and shapers of the new regime; Econowives, the spouses of lower ranking men; Marthas, too old to have children and now domestic slaves; Aunts, the regime’s propagandists; or Handmaids, considered fertile and forced to bear children for officials.

It’s against this backdrop of a nightmarish, future theocracy that we are introduced to the central character. Known simply as Offred (“Of-Fred”), she is a Handmaid, the literal property of the Commander.

Read further @ The Guardian

~ by eneryvibes on 1,March 8, 2017.

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