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Early in The Handmaids Tale Offred says after having seen a group of Japanese women wearing short skirts rather than the typical compulsory dress of Gilead We are fascinated but also repelled They seem undressed It has taken so little time to change our minds about things like this This illustrates how the minds of the population have been manipulated to make them comply with the Governments views Like in most totalitarian societies the Gilead Government uses propaganda to manipulate the peoples minds into following their ideologies and supporting the government The propaganda methods depicted in The Handmaids Tale are also similar to those used in totalitarian governments of this century Propaganda in the novel concentrates mainly on women as they are the elements of society that have lost the most due to the establishment of the new government and they must therefore be controlled and convinced the most I will now examine some of the methods of propaganda used to persuade women and try to explain their purposes and effects The Gilead society is based on one of the many possible interpretations of the biblical philosophy The bible being a very respected trusted and followed source for many people in America explaining the new laws such as compulsory surrogacy in terms of biblical precedent makes it easier for people to believe they are justified This hypocritical use of the bible is also shown by the fact that non-biblical elements are included in the Gilead philosophy as sayings from saints The quote from each according to her ability to each according to his needs for example is attributed to St Paul while it is in fact an adaptation of a Marxist ideal Many names of people and places also have religious connotations Guards are called Angels the indoctrination centre the Rachel and Leah Centre and stores are called Milk and Honey
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