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The Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood

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“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any”-Alice Walker. What this quote really means is that people are hopeless and they don’t realize on what they could do. They only focus on what’s going to happen next and about their safety, but they don’t notice that they are giving up their power to the government, leaving them powerless. Margaret Atwood examines power and peoples attempts to control each other. People in Gilead are viewed based on their social classes. This includes the Handmaids, Wives, Commanders, Aunts, Angles, Eyes, Martha’s, and the Econowives. It’s either they have power in their hands, or they don’t have power at all.
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The Commander does a forbidden act of letting Offred read, which makes Offred ask for more supplies for herself and ask questions about Gilead. She asked the Commander for some lotion, which is also forbidden in Gilead. She doesn’t actually love the Commander, but she is using him as a useful way to gain some of her power and her old life back.
People fight for their way to freedom and try to have absolute power themselves. In The Handmaids Tale, a handmaid named Moira wants freedom for herself. In the book, it explains that she was an independent woman before Gilead and she still is even with the strict rules of the government. An Aunts role in Gilead is to train the Handmaids to be sent out and reproduce. Moira tricked Aunt Elizabeth by clogging the toilet and making her go to the bathroom to inspect and from there she threatened Aunt Elizabeth with a toilet weapon. She then tied her up and took her clothes, passing the Angles easily because she looks like an Aunt. The Angles are guards that fight in war and stand guard. This determines how powerful and brave Moira is. She became a symbol to all the other Handmaids in the gymnasium that they live in. Moira is next seen in the Jezebels when the Commander takes Offred to the stripper club. Moira talks to Offred about how she was caught and was shown videos on the colonies of the unwomen handling toxic waste and having a life expectancy of three months. Moira also explains how she chose to become a prostitute/stripper because she will die a happy but slow with drug abuse and disease. Offred notices that it’s not the old Moira anymore. The Moira Offred just saw, was a person that lost all hope. We noticed that Moira went from being a person...

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