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It is necessary for the government to impose a certain amount of power and control on its citizens in order for a society to function properly However too much power and control in a society eliminates the freedom of the residents forbidding them to live an ordinary life In the dystopic futuristic novel The Handmaids Tale Margaret Atwood demonstrates the theme of power and control through an oppressive society called the Republic of Gilead The government establishes power and control through the use of the Wall military control the Salvaging and the Particicution The Aunts indoctrinate the Handmaids and control them by using fear and intimidation The Patriarchal society allows the Commanders to hold immense power over the citizens while the Commanders Wives hold the power in the household Generally the Handmaids do not hold very much power because they are of a lower class in the Patriarchal society The Republic of Gilead institutes power and control in society therefore forcing its residents into submission and leaving them completely helpless in a totalitarian regime The dead bodies of those who have committed acts against the government hang on a structure called the Wall The Wall is a method to implement fear on the citizens Offred describes the purpose of the Wall when she states We stop together as if on signal and stand and look at the bodies It doesnt matter if we look Were supposed to look this is what they are there for hanging on the Wall Sometimes theyll be there for days until theres a new batch so as many people as possible will have the chance to see them Atwood 40 The Wall is a symbol of sin and it creates fear and force in the Republic of Gilead It is warning to the citizens of the punishment for disobeying the rules The people that hang on the Wall have committed atrocities and must be made into examples for the rest
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