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Pro Dystopia I want everything back the way it was But there is no point to it this wanting 122 This is the desire of Margaret Atwoods central character Offred in The Handmaids Tale The novel is set in the near future in the Republic of Gilead which is formally the United States of America Placing the blame on Islamic fanatics a right-wing extremist movement guns down the president along with the congress and takes total control of the government Within days citizens namely women begin to realize that their freedoms are being taken away The United States is transformed into an American dystopia full of environmental pollution state supervision and Puritanical fundamentalism With this transformation comes a transformation of the way citizens are accustomed to live Families are ripped apart and taken to different locations in the regime They are either used as a resource for the betterment of society or killed In this case Offred is sent to a school to be re-educated about her new life and the responsibilities that come with it She is then sent to a house to be a handmaid whose only functions are to go to the market and buy the food daily and to most importantly produce children for the Commander and his wife whom she is staying with So begins the story of the handmaid Offred with whom the reader connects and goes along with on a journey of personal growth The Handmaids Tale presents delicate issues that may be unsuitable for immature audiences Topics of sex oppression social and political reorganization along with gender hierarchy prove to
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