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Lock up your libraries if you wish but there is no gate no lock no bold that you can set upon the freedom of my mind Virginia Woolfs idea explains a common theme that often appears in dystopian literature Woolfs idea is demonstrated in Brave New World by Aldus Huxley and The Handmaids Tale by Margret Atwood In Brave New World the citizens of the World State are conditioned to not know about the freedoms and feelings that all people are entitled to Similarly in The Handmaids Tale the people are forbidden all freedoms that that had known in their lives before the government takeover The theme of restricted freedoms is prominent in both works of dystopian literature They both prove that despite the restrictions that are placed on a society the freedom to think and feel are impossible to take away In The Handmaids Tale the protagonist Offred cant help but feel and think things that are forbidden to be discussed out loud in the society she resides in Offred previously was married with a single daughter She now serves as a handmaid The handmaids are used only as a means of reproduction and are stripped of all rights and luxuries Offred knows that ideas such as love and family are strictly forbidden in her new life but as hard as she tries she cant seem to help herself from dreaming of such things Offred is in an ongoing battle between society and her mind She follows each rule carefully until she learns of a secret organization of handmaids that is working against the government Soon afterwards Offred realizes that the mind and the heart are more powerful than any type of government and can only be neglected for so long She goes from checking to make sure her husband is still alive and creating scenarios for her daughter to sleeping with the family driver and sneaking around with the man of the house
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