Margaret Atwood’s Classic “The Handmaid’s Tale” Is More Relevant Today Than Ever Before
Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale is a chilling look at what happens when the patriarchy is allowed to rule the roost once and for all.
Offred remembers a time when she was happily married to a husband named Luke and was able to play with her daughter. A time where women weren’t considered chattel and were considered equals of men. Unfortunately, all that changed when the Republic of Gilead was created, and now Offred is a handmaid to the Commander. In this new society, women can only go out to the markets once a day and are considered a success if they are able to give birth to healthy children.
Reading The Handmaid’s Tale will leave you shuddering violently at the vision of such an awful dystopia, especially since there are so many extremely religious politicians out there today. This novel is a warning sign of what will happen should countries fail to keep a secure boundary between church and state.
Although originally written in 1986, the themes of this book are still present today. The author’s slow world building not only opens her readers’ eyes to the injustice that rules Offred’s society, but also draws parallels to the ever-present threats against women’s rights in our own society as well.
While Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is disturbing, the story she weaves is a reminder to stay vigilant in order to craft a society that values social justice. Although a love-it-or-hate-it novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is required reading for all.