|The Handmaids Tale
The Handmaids Tale
In Margaret Atwoods novel, "The Handmaids Tale", the birth rate in the
United States had dropped so low that extremists decided to take matters into
their own hands by killing off the government, taking over themselves, and
reducing the womens role in society to that of a silent birthing machine. One
handmaid describes what happened and how it came about as she, too, is forced to
comply with the new order.
Before the new order, known as the Sons of Jacob, took over, women had a
lot to be afraid of. They had freedom to do whatever they wanted, but this
freedom was severely inhibited by maniacs who could strike at any time. Women
followed rules to keep them out of danger, but they were not enforced.
"I remember the rules, rules that were never spelled out but that every woman
knew; dont open your door to a stranger, even if he is the police. Make him
slide his ID under the door. Dont stop on the road to...