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Falvo 1 Elisa Falvo Professor Calhoun English 112 3 March 2009 Gilead Gender “Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance” (Unkown). Unfortunately, in the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale , the Gilead society lacks gender equality. Instead, in this patriarchal society, authority figures try to force woman into fulfilling traditional gender roles. For example, the women are forced to cook, clean, and have babies. The author, Margaret Atwood, uses this idea to contrast this civilization against modern day society in the United States. More specifically, women are forced to abide by men; therefore, they lose all of their freedoms to portray their own gender characteristics. In fact, due to the strict gender codes in the town of Gilead, portrayed by the novel, women lose flexibility in expressing themselves. In Gilead, there is only one way to discuss one’s gender. As a result, this controlled society prevents women from expressing themselves through their own personal preferences when it comes to gender roles. Throughout the book, the author points out a clear reason why the society is based around a common goal to produce children. By limiting forcing one characteristic for women the government can better control women. In order to prove the importance of gender individuality among modern day society, Margaret Atwood argues that when women are forced to follow strict gender personas, negative consequences occur.
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2 In today’s world, many women express their gender through outward appearance. However, in the book, A Handmaid’s Tale , authority figures force the women of Gilead to dress and look a certain way. At the beginning of the story, Atwood depicts the visual appearances of these women. She explains that there are four basic types of roles for women. Depending on their role, they must dress appropriately.
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