Subjectivity n The Handmaids Tale

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Subjectivity plays an extremely important role in the story line of “The Handmaid’s Tale.” In a sense, subjectivity is what keeps the story alive; without it, the story would not make any sense. Although any person alive during the time period that the book is set in is subject to their surrounding world, subjectivity plays the most important role in the lives of the Handmaids themselves. The Handmaids are first subject to the time period in which they are alive in and are then subject to the fact that they are women in that time period. In the Republic of Gilead, women that are chosen to become Handmaids have one purpose, and that is reproduction. These women are no longer looked at as human beings; they are baby makers with whom no emotional connection is permitted. Their value is found in their ability to produce healthy children and that is it. When Aunt Lydia says, “We want you to be valued girls…All of us here will lick you into shape” (Atwood 114), this is exactly what she is talking about. The Aunts are there to help them become the best baby makers possible. In a society resembling one in which we live in today, the
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course ETS 142 taught by Professor Tiffany during the Fall '08 term at Syracuse.

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