The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood sets the story of a futuristic society called Gilead, plagued by pollution and fear. The main character, Offred, is a Handmaid subject to daily oppression by the society and government, as with all women. Gilead enforces strict control over every aspect of society and one’s tasks are clearly defined. Offred frequently reflects on her past life of freedom and liberty, and the audience is drawn into Offred’s world and perspective of events around her. It is the memories of the past that keep Offred alive. The rebellion force, Mayday, secretly help individuals to escape the ills of Gilead. Will Offred escape? Dive into the book to explore a different world!
The novel focuses on the daily life of Offred and the members of the household, including her trip to the supermarket and doctor’s visit. Although the descriptions seems dull and uninteresting, it makes the reader reflect on the changes of Offred’s life and also apply those comparisons to his or her own life. Atwood was previously a renowned poet, and thus possesses the ability to appeal to the audience’s senses and emotions. I, for example, was shocked at Offred’s experience and the novel made me curious about the life of Offred and her ultimate fate. Overall, The Handmaid’s Tale is a very deep book to delve into, and evokes deep insights. Atwood’s style of writing is full of technique and literary devices, such as motifs and themes that the reader can analyze as he or she reads along. However, this novel may not suit all readers because of its use of language, and the ending is quite the cliff hanger.