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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

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The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (Book Analysis): Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

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Oct 24, 2018
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Unlock the more straightforward side of The Handmaid’s Tale with this concise and insightful summary and analysis!

This engaging summary presents an analysis of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which follows a young woman named Offred (the Handmaid of the title), who lives in the repressive Republic of Gilead and whose sole role is to conceive children for the powerful Commander she has been assigned to. Thanks to her friend Ofglen, she is introduced to the underground resistance movement, but soon discovers that escaping her position will not be easy. The Handmaid’s Tale was nominated for the 1986 Man Booker Prize (Atwood has been nominated for the award on numerous occasions, and won it for her 2000 novel The Blind Assassin), and has recently been adapted into a critically acclaimed television series.

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CANADIAN WRITER

Born in Ottawa (Canada) in 1939.

Notable works:

The Circle Game (1964), poetry collection

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972), literary criticism

Alias Grace (1996), historical crime novel

Margaret Atwood is the author of a vast range of both fiction and non-fiction works, including 17 poetry collections and 16 novels. She won the Man Booker Prize in 2000 for her novel The Blind Assassin and has been nominated for the award on three further occasions: for The Handmaid’s Tale in 1986, Alias Grace in 1996, and Oryx and Crake in 2003. Considered one of Canada’s greatest writers, Atwood continues to write to critical acclaim: her recent publication Madd-Addam (2013) provides a magnificent final instalment (Adair, 2013: para. 3) to The Madd-Addam Trilogy. She repeatedly explores the politics of Canadian identity, environmental issues and, despite her discomfort with the ‘feminist’ label, women’s rights. She writes within the realm of science fiction, dystopia, fantasy/myth and historical fiction.

A DYSTOPIAN NOVEL

Genre: novel

Reference edition: Atwood, M. (1996) The Handmaid’s Tale. London: Vintage.

1stedition: 1985

Themes: politics, women’s rights, sex, oppression and power, language, morality

The Handmaid’s Tale (1986) is set in a future world called the Republic of Gilead, once the United States of America. Gilead was formed by a group of religious extremists called the ‘Sons of Jacob’, who replaced democracy with Christian theocracy. Under this

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