Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale
The Handmaid's tale a book written by Margaret Atwood shows an dark,bleak society named Gilead where women hold no real power in the modern day society. The society makes women have no sense of individuality,"So now that we don't have different clothes," I say, "you merely have different women." (p.221) and that makes the women completely detached away from the this new society of men, "I avoid looking down at my body, not so much because it's shameful or immodest but because I don't want to see it. I don't want to look at something that determines me so completely."(p.58). This society having strip women of their individuality and their own bodies, makes women hold no real power in Gilead.

Women powers of individuality and personality are strip away. By stripping away ones individuality as a woman, they took away the rights and responsible they had before creating a society where women are sorted into these categories "There are other women with baskets, some in red, some in the dull green of the Marthas, some in the striped dresses, red and blue and green and cheap and skimp, that mark the women of the poorer men. Econowives, they're called. These women are not divided into functions. They have to do everything; if they can.." (p.23). Thus creating a society where women only having the role of what colour dress they wear. Although throughout this power still exist among women such as the aunts,they have a higher measure of freedom and have the ability to read,write and carry weapons but these "Powers" are not considered real power as that reading and writing are all allowed for men in this society. With their mind gone they lost the power of their bodies soon after.

The power of woman body was a powerful thing in the old society but once they took your own privilege to touch and feel your body. The women of Gilead felt like they have no power in the body to be used "My nakedness is strange to me already. [...] Did I really wear bathing...