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Nolite te bastardes carborundorum is what Offred always says in her prayer She did not know the meaning of the phrase but she felt it was the right thing to say Later on we learn that the phrase means Dont let the bastards get you down This short phrase which was found by Offred in the cupboard in her bedroom not a notable place at all carries an ironic meaning In Gilead people are given specific titles with fixed responsibilities There are the Commanders the Guardians the Handmaids the Wives etc Before having a deeper understanding of the book we can already tell that Gileadean men apparently have more power than women Why By looking at the titles they are given we can see that the titles of the women are closely connected to their sex to be more precise they are derived from their sex Whereas the titles of men do not really have much to do with their sex Also there are only Unwomen in Gilead but no Unmen and there are only barren women but no sterile men Furthermore women are banned from everything that could help them have access to knowledge and independence Once they have lost their financial independence and other ways to be independent the only way to survive is to rely on men So all the above information tell us that men are omnipotent in Gilead and it will not be hard to realise that it is men who take the control of the whole country Women on the other hand have to be subservient and keep quiet As a totalitarian society the Gileadean government uses the Old Testement as a device for propaganda to indoctrinate peoples mind according to the Old Testement women are only responsible for reproduction and domestic chores whereas men are the decision makers who hold the real power This idea is clearly revealed when Offred was struggling whether she should go
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