The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood: A Review
The United States is now the Republic of Gilead, a theocratic police state. The Bible has now replaced the Constitution. Due to a pandemic of infertility, the wives of the leaders are unable to get pregnant and populate the new country. For this reason, the fertile women of the community are sought out and are used as surrogate mothers for the wives of the leaders. Women of all ranks are oppressed in this society and we soon learn that "better never means better for everyone... It always means worse, for some."
Atwood's account should be seen as a warning to us all about the consequences of political and religious extremism. While this book was written awhile back, it still feels very current and relevant today. I have loved everything about this book. I loved all of the characters but especially Offred. She is faced with such horrific circumstances but she is so strong and resilient, no matter what happens to her. Serena Joy, wife of the Commander of Offred, seems cruel and cold but we soon find out that there is much more to her than is at first glance. She has had her fair share of pain and anguish, just like the rest of the women in Gilead. The story is so interesting that it is easy to move through the book quickly and with ease. This book should be on everyone's to be read list. This is, by far, one of the most important books of all time.
The Handmaid's Tale is also a new series on Hulu. I have seen all of the episodes that have been released thus far and I have felt that they have lived up to the original. Watch a trailer of the show here:
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