1984 , The circle and The Handmaid’s Tale are three novels that share both similarities and differences regarding their distinct perspectives. While The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984 are two dystopian novels that describe the oppressive life people lead under a totalitarian regime, The circle gives us insights into a future where technology has permeated our daily lives under the guise of caring and sharing. However, despite the fact that each one of them has different subjects, the overarching theme of them always revolves around people’s freedom. Margaret Atwood in her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale , depicts how the dynamics of our society have changed, especially for women, after a totalitarian regime has taken control. Much like George Orwell’s oceania in which the ThoughtPolice are one of the principal means for the government to consolidate their tyrannical power, Atwood creates an anti-utopia and “the Eyes” that are used for surveilling women. Rather than advocating gender equality, the Republic of Gilead has dramatically diminished women’s social status to the point where they are regarded as nothing but “national resources” for producing babies. The pleasure of having sex, the feeling of loving and being loved, the family, the true self, attributes that were once valued by women no longer exist, instead, it is only a functional ovary that matters. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. This recurrent Latin phrase, that was first found on the closet, has demonstrated to us no matter how harsh and inhumane the government is, women still have the choice to be rebellious and resilient. Just as Winston’s brave attempt of joining the Brotherhood, these women,
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- 1984, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Big Brother, Mae Holland, oppressive life people