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Yelba - Handmaid 2. - Yelba Payan English 103 One of the...

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Yelba Payan English 103 One of the ideas that play a crucial role in “The Handmaid's Tale” by Margaret Atwood is a portrait on the examination of gender. In their society women are brainwashed to adapt to a society were they have to be pure. Meaning that women cannot read, write, associate with other men or have desires of any kind. Also each woman is categorized to a distinctive role in society. One social class is handmaids, which is connoted to bear children for the elite childless families and used for sexual desires. In order for a women to be a handmaid they have to be able to be “fruitful”, which means that they have to be able to give labor otherwise they are useless in society. Therefore society dissects the women’s body and values it for their ovaries for viability and not taking interest in the achievements and ownerships of women. Society uses societal pressures to permit psychological barriers to prevent them from questioning authority and stand for women to stand for themselves. For example,
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