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eng 374 Women Writer's final essay

eng 374 Women Writer's final essay - Sabrina Baez ENG 374...

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Sabrina Baez ENG 374/ Dr. Andreadis May 6, 2011 Final Exam Final Essay 1). One of the most reoccurring themes talked about in this Women Writers class is the societal roles given to women against their will. Even though nowadays the inequality between men and women is much more subtle, there is still a certain discrepancy in power that society has decided to maintain. In Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale Offred, the narrator shows us the inner workings of the Republic of Gilead, a male dominated city where a woman’s only function is that of her uterus. The people of Gilead are designated into their proper roles. The Angels/Commanders are the head males, then their Wives, then the Handmaids, Marthas, then the more lowly males and females. Atwood’s main focus is on the women of Gilead, specifically the Handmaids. The Handmaids main function is to serve as the official mistresses and child bearers for their commanders and their wives. According to the Aunts (enforcers of the women) the world they live in now is much more satisfying to women as opposed to the past life when they could be raped, murdered, beat, etc…However, in Gilead, even though women are “free”
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