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Atwoods The Handmaids Tale A Study of Rebellion Rebels defy the rules of society risking everything to retain their humanity If the world Atwood depicts is chilling if God is losing the only hope for optimism is a vision that includes the inevitability of human struggle against the prevailing order -Joyce Johnson- Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale analyzes human nature by presenting an internal conflict in Offred acceptance of current social trends victim mentality -vs- resistance for the sake of individual welfare and liberties humanity This conflict serves as a warning to society about the dangers of the general acceptance of social evils and boldly illustrates the internal struggle that rebels face in choosing to rebel Offred is a Handmaid in the republic of Gilead and while she seems unhappy about this she is confused about her identity and even starts to accept the role that has been imposed upon her It seems strange that one might accept such radical changes so easily Offred has been manipulated into believing that this sinister system was designed for her own good Peter S Prescott says Offred at first accepts assurance that the new order is for her protection 151She must lie on her back once a month and hope that commander makes her pregnant because her sole purpose is to act as a vessel She even starts to measure her self-worth by the viability of her ovaries and this negatively affects her self-image This is how Offred characterizes the deporing act The commander is censoreding What he is censoreding is the lower part of my body I dont say making
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