Impose Her Essay by America Figueroa based on The Handmaid's Tale.pdf - Figueroa 1 America Figueroa English 12 period 7 Impose Her 9 May 2019 A voice

Impose Her Essay by America Figueroa based on The Handmaid's Tale.pdf

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Figueroa 1America Figueroa English 12 period 7 Impose Her 9 May 2019 A voice that is silent, a voice that didn’t matter changed as early as the 1800’s. Women like Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, and many others became activists and part of the Women’s Rights Movement. Women have been treated unfairly and inhumanly throughout the years by being torn down and being held against their will because they broke a rule or wanted change. In a new introduction to The Handmaid’s Tale, a woman has no freedom, no voice, and can’t take a stand as a feminist without being prosecuted. Women are taken away from their children and families, later to be transformed into a Commander’s slave. Margaret Atwood shares how Handmaids are being brainwashed at the Red Center, “[Handmaids] must learn to renounce their previous identities, to know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no rights” (Atwood xv). These women have new identities and forced to become someone new. Women are being manipulated but they’re still human beings who are trying to get through their challenges and fears. In The Handmaid’s Tale, “the population is shrinking due to a toxic environment, and the ability to have viable babies is at a premium” (Atwood xiv). Handmaid’s are given the “privilege” to give birth but are given a new label if they don’t proceed, they become less of a woman and forced to do labor work in the colonies (in which they aren’t cared for and die soon). The toxic environment in Gilead for women is that they’re being forced onto religion, they’re
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Figueroa 2placed in categories between being a wife, baby machines, or a dead waste in the colonies. A woman is a slave in the Gilead society, women don’t have value unless they’re given an order. What happens to them is crucial but the reader can see how they are human beings of “variety of character and behaviors that implies” how they are feeling and the strength they have to keep living (Atwood xvi).
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