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Societys Views on Family Values and Childrenas Reflected in the novel The Handmaids TaleIn the olden days religion and politics went hand in hand The church either ranthe land or had a strangle hold on the people If the church thought there was one way todo something one had to do as the church requested or suffer great penalty To goagainst the church was to go against God and that meant death The king was supposedto be chosen by God to rule the people in the way he commanded The king was theclosest thing to God on earth Monarchs generally ruled hand in hand with the churchAs the monarchys rein started to come to an end the churchs tight grip on the citizensslowly started to loosen With the implication of democracy the church lost all realpower to make laws and actually govern the people The church still held power overpeoples morals but without the monarchys to enforce it the churchs found their powerdecreasing In Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale the government and the churchare interchangeable The government is what used to be called the church they havecome together to become one unit of power The power of a modern day governmentwith all the knowledge and weapons combined with the fanaticism of a medieval basedchurch create a dictatorship like none other The novel deals with the treatment ofchildren harshly for a society which views children as their last hope their most valuablecommodity Children are taken away from their homes to be given to the privileged andwomen are forced to give birth to babies they can not keep The society of Gilead takesthe views of a traditional religious monarchy and enforces them with modern day powerIn the novel The Handmaids Tale there is a place called the Red Center whichis a training facility When one thinks of a training facility they tend to invision a militarybase with young soldiers learning what they need to know to survive
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