Real Life as per the Handmaid’s Tale Novel

Handmaid’s Tale is a novel that revolves around a conservative state called Gilead. Gilead is all about fundamentalist who have murdered the United State President and the members of the Congress. The novel is written by the great writer Margret Atwood. Margaret brings a feature of a conservative group that does not care about the right of women, the homosexuals, abortionist, old women, and non-white people and intolerant to any religious sects. The commanders care only about their religion. The religion has denied women the right to read, in fact, women are put back to the age old beliefs that a woman should be able to produce children for their husbands and masters without question. Margaret tries to portray what can happen to the world in case conservatives out throw our governments.

The story is about the narrator Offred. Offred happens to be not her reals name but a name that originates from a commander called Fred. As a handmaid of Fred, she is given a prefix “of” to represent ownership. The commanders are harsh and happen to be the leaders of the Gilead republic. The handmaids are the ladies that are viewed as fertile and, therefore, should bore their commanders children. Offred happens to be previously married to a man called Luke to whom she bore a daughter. During the revolution she, Offred, was separated from her daughter and husband Luke. At the commander’s home, Offred is not able to bore a child and therefore, Freds wife tries to connect her with the commanders chauffer. Women are considered as fertility objects. They have no right to education. The Gilead culture has no tolerance for homosexuals and another religion sect apart from theirs.

The story is interesting because it encompasses a lot of literary forms. The story in one way or the other projects the features of different cultures that exist internationally. In the world today there are a lot of stuff that are either welcomed or considered evil in other communities. In the story, there is the “Jezebel” club that is mainly composed of the lesbians. The lesbians are easily sent to the colonialists. From the story, it is clear that the Gilead republic ways were not for homosexuality. Such cultural beliefs are still upheld all over the world with some countries putting homosexuals under prosecution.

Information from the story that affects the normal students and children of the world, and has been portrayed in the story, is the separation factor. Offred has been separated from her lovely daughter, and she has no idea of her whereabouts and how she is fairing. The story, therefore, explains the real world regarding the children specifically students. Although the story doesn’t clearly explains how Offred’s daughter I fairing, the reader automatically assumes that the daughter is under a lot of pain and suffer because of the separation. Such kind of separation is seen today in our families, children separated from their parents either because of divorce or death. Separation affects children and especially those who are in school, such that they remain devastated and lack direction.

The point of separation due to various factors, and the issue of homosexuality is a thing that the world must come to attention and address. As per the story, this is world aspects that the Gilead culture does not tolerate or take into consideration. Such kinds of beliefs are wrong and should be discarded in our culture today. Margaret is trying to show that barbaric leaders only uphold such cultures. We must move from the world of illiberal to liberal minded nation especially for the case of homosexuality. For the case of separation of students from their parents, it is important that parents consider their children and think about children because it is important for the children both at school and home to grow with them.


Ketterer, David. “Margaret Atwood’s” The Handmaid’s Tale”: A Contextual Dystopia (” La servante écarlate” de Margaret Atwood: une dystopie contextuelle).” Science Fiction Studies (1989): 209-217.

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