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THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ BY MARGARET ATWOOD: A BOOK REVIEW

By Utkarsh

This is a book review of the critically acclaimed dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) written by one of the most celebrated Canadian author Margaret Atwood (1939). It attempts to critically analyze the lives of women, examine their roles and their social status in Gilead and highlight the various feminist themes such as loss of individual identity, violation and curtailment of their rights, gender inequality, misogyny and oppression of women in a patriarchal society where a woman’s body is treated an object, a tool and consumable item. This paper explains how the female characters of the novel are treated and forced to experience a life of passivity, submissiveness and are subjected to both the dictatorial government of Gilead and the patriarchal society.
Keywords: gender inequality, patriarchal society, cultural and the biological mechanisms of oppression, loss of individual identity, passivity, submissiveness, handmaids, misogyny, consumable item

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