12th April 2018

3.4 Critical Review

There are many examples in today’s society of what happens to the societal placings of women in either collapsing or totalitarian governments. The novel, Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood displays this perfectly, as when a strict governmental regime comes into place, men are placed in higher positions, leaving women at the forefront of the lower class. Atwood details a dystopian setting where a once normal society quickly descended into a totalitarian state, with the rights and freedom of those in it stripped from them, and those of the female gender feeling the hardest hit of it. It is important for novels like Handmaid’s Tale to be distributed, especially in today’s society where we are no stranger to themes such as these which can be seen throughout history.



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