The Handmaidss Tale By Margaret Atwood Essay — страница 2

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million every year. “It feels as if you’ve been turned inside out. You’ve just given birth and finally you feel emptied. You’re exhausted. Your breasts are painfully full of milk. And then you look at your baby. And you see that she’s a little girl. And you know that you have to kill her?. Replace ‘little girl’ with Unbaby, and it could be an exact account from a Handmaid in Gilead, at the loss of her baby. However, it’s a quote from a woman in India in 1999. 1999 in the real world, not Gilead.Finally, there is the largest and most prominent of all racial bigotry in the world’s recent history, the Holocaust of WWII. Adolf Hitler was a sick man, yet a smart man, very similar to the leaders of the fictitious Gilead. Unlike Gilead, however, Hilter’s “Perfect

World” idea did not quite succeed, however the damage was much greater. Under Hitler, 11 million Jews were killed, and many more sent to concentration camps. In Gilead, Jews were sent away, and if they didn’t go, they were sent to the Colonies, where they would eventually die. The Colonies themselves are similar to the concentration camps of WWII, where people would go to, eventually, die. Black people were not considered good in either society. Hitler had them killed, while in Gilead, they were killed or shipped off to the Colonies. Homosexuals were not treated as equals in either society either. In the fictional Republic of Gilead, homosexuals were often killed and hung on the Wall. For example in the novel when Offred remarks ?There are three new bodies on the wall.. One

is a priest … The two others have purple placards hung around their necks: Gender Treachery … ?(Atwood 41). In WWII, Hiltler ordered all homosexuals to die. They weren’t even given the distinction of being slaves, even those that appeared Aryan. Many Slavs, Poles, and even German women that were not worthy of Aryan status were used in breeding by Hitler, to keep the population going. This is very similar to the Handmaid’s Tale because women that were in their second marriage, lesbians, and other non-perfect women that still had viable ovaries were sent to different houses to basically breed and produce healthy children that were then taken away and given to the Wives. If Adolph Hitler had succeeded in his attempt to take over the world and make it a Nazi Federation, we

would all be living in a reality far worse than any Gilead.Every aspect of the Handmaid’s Tale that makes it a dystopia can be found in recent past or in the present around the world. The mistreatment of women, the killing of innocent babies for the good of the state, and racist beliefs and actions, and senseless killings of non-whites, attempts at Theocracies, and religions gaining in strength, making believers out of paraphrases and outright lies: All of these are in our world, the real world. Margaret Atwood has created a “story” that isn’t really a story. It is a representation of all that is wrong with our world today. So, in fact, this imaginative tale is not so far fetched. We are living in it. 354