The Handmaid’s Tale
the twenty-first century, in the oppressive and totalitarian Republic of Gilead. The
but that is forbidden to say), are sterile. The women, who are still fertile, are recruited
Commander, whose wife is infertile.
right to exist depends on her ovaries productivity. She lives with her commander and
his wife in a highly supervised centre.
Unlike men, women have been facing unique problems for centuries, and often women
people being unable to articulate their problems. Often, unforeseen circumstances force
people to conceal their true emotions. In “The Handmaid’s Tale” the main female
Offred from The Handmaid’s Tale uses different tactics to cope with her situation. She
is trapped within a distopian society comprised of a community riddled by despair.
Though she is not physically tortured, the overwhelming and ridiculously powerful
government mentally enslaves her. Offred lives in a horrific society, which prevents her
with temporary relief from her binding situation. Also, Offred befriends the Commander’s
aide, Nick. Offred longs to be with her husband and she feels that she can find his love
Instead of proclaiming her feelings out loud, she suppresses them. The result is a series
of recordings, which describes her life, and the things she wishes she could change.
Through these examples, it is apparent that Offred cannot face her problems because
of outside circumstances.
Works such as “The Handmaid’s Tale” deal with females being unable to face their
are unavoidable, one can overcome certain situations by being more assertive. Along
with male domination and the laws of society, women have had to contend with other
becoming more powerful.