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Wu 1 Jackey Wu Mr. Valencia Literature March 31, y Feminism in The Handmaid’s Tale In her well-known novel "The Handmaid’s Tale", Margaret Atwood criticizes feminism in a dystopian society, the Republic of Gilead. In this dystopia, life of women, especially hand- maids, is very hard and unpleasant due to unequal circumstances in all areas of life. That the situ- ation in "The Handmaid’s Tale" is not just fictional is quite comprehensive. Feminism is everywh ere throughout the fiction. The Republic of Gilead, the replacement of the United States, women have to live in a patriarchal society where they are not only subordinated to men and oppressed by them but also o ppressed by the regime. Handmaid is the new creation of Gilead, who have the ability to be pregn ant, that are assigned to the Commanders whose wives are having trouble conceiving. The major protagonist Offred, serving as a handmaid in a Commander’s house, has a regular and simple but restricted routine. The enforcement of Offred’s divorce with Luke and the indoctrination in the
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