The Handmaids Tale
The Handmaid's Tale
This is a futuristic novel that takes place in northern USA sometime in the beginning of
the twenty-first century, in the oppressive and totalitarian Republic of Gilead. The regime
demands high moral, retribution and a virtuous lifestyle. The Bible is the guiding
principle. As a result of the sexual freedom, free abortion and a high increase of venereal
diseases at the end of the twentieth century, many women, (and men also, but that is
forbidden to say), are sterile. The women, who are still fertile, are recruited as
Handmaids, and their only mission in life is to give birth to the offspring of their
Commander, whose wife is infertile.
The main character in the book is Offred, one of these unfortunate servants who's only
right to exist depends on her ovaries productivity. She lives with her commander and his
wife in a highly supervised centre.
Unlike men, women have been facing unique problems for centuries, and...