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The Handmaid Tale The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood is a dystopia about a world where unrealistic things take place The events in the novel could never actually take place in our reality This is what most people think and assume but theyre wrong Look at the world today and in the recent past and there are not only many situations that have ALMOST become a Gilead but places that have been and ARE Gileadean societies Were not in Kansas any more Dorothy Even today there are places in the world where there is startling similarity to this fictitious dystopia In Pakistan womens rights are non-existant and many policies are that of Gilead in The Handmaids Tale In Gilead the handmaids must cover their bodies and faces almost completely with vales and wings In Pakistan Iran Afghanistan Bahrain and similar South Asian countries this is a must for women Other Gileadean-like persecutions take place towards women In Pakistan women can be raped and unless there is full proof that there was no consent the man will get off scot free and the women charged with pre-marital sex and sentenced to a prison term In Afghanistan the police force has and continue to torture and rape innocent women for unnecessary reasons This is similar to The Handmaids Tale in that Offred and other handmaids not only go through the devestation of The Ceremony but also can be used and possibly even raped by their Commanders and there is nothing the handmaid can do about it If she speaks she is usually not believed and then she is sent away because she broke the law The handmaid would usually die for making such accuasations Women are given little to no rights in Gilead They obey what they are told by the men or by the Aunts who get their orders from the men They are not permitted to read or write or participate in any extra-curricular
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