Incovenient truth

Incovenient truth - An Inconvenient Truth Margaret Atwoods...

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An Inconvenient Truth Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale tells a story of mystery, passion, and lies. The novel is about a handmaid in the Republic of Gilead named Offred (“Of Fred”). The Republic is the totalitarian remains of the United States after the president and members of Congress were assassinated by the architects of Gilead to ultimately gain complete control. Offred and the other handmaids were once regular women leading regular lives, that is, until Gilead. In the time of Gilead, the women were taken from their homes where they were brainwashed by speeches from their “Aunts” who argued that “such a social order ultimately offers the women more respect and safety then the old, pre-Gilead society offered them” (Sparknotes). In their new age, they’re simply used to run errands and bear children in the homes of Commanders that have trouble conceiving with their wives. They are fed small bits of information on what is going on in the Republic and are expected to be content with just that. Offred spends a great amount time thinking of her old life with her husband, Luke, and their young daughter. Then, one night her Commander asks to see her privately where they play Scrabble (which is illegal because in Gilead, women are not allowed to read) and she is allowed to look at old magazines; to conclude these secret encounters, the Commander asks Offred to kiss him. One day during a shopping trip, her partner handmaid, Ofglen, reveals that she is a member of “Mayday”, an organization whose sole purpose is overthrowing Gilead. Knowing of Offred’s secret meetings with the Commander, she asks her to gain bits of information for Mayday. But Offred, caught up in her affairs with both the Commander and Nick, the guard, soon ignores these requests. When Offred expresses her unhappiness to the Commander he simply states that “you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs” (Atwood 211). Shortly thereafter, Offred’s affairs are found out by Serena, the Commander’s wife, and she is sent to her room to await punishment. But when a black van from the Eyes approaches, Nick appears to tell her that the Eyes, Gilead’s secret police force, are really also members of Mayday who have come to save her. Against the Commander’s wishes, she leaves with them to face her fate of death or freedom – she does not know which. This entire tragic tale is based of the single event off of the national crisis in which the president, along with the members of Congress, was assassinated. Before long the Gilead, who said they would only be in control for a short, temporary amount of time, took over all the government because Americans became too comfortable in their freedoms and never really stopped to think about all the possibilities of what
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2010 for the course HIAFF 111 taught by Professor Mr.feinstend during the Spring '10 term at Highland CC.

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