Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics) Review

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The quality of mercy is not strained's review of Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (Contemporary Classics)

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“Offred narrates The Handmaid's Tale, switching from...”

Written on: 09/04/2008 by The quality of mercy is not strained (43 reviews written)

Good Points
This novel is against totalitarian government and combining church and state. It also negatively portrays the discrimination of other religious groups. Plus, it's a fun challenge to try and ferret out Offred's real name.

Bad Points
This is very unrealistic and I actually agreed with a small number of the things that were supposed to be dystopian (to list them, banning abortion and tobacco). I also hated how the narrator met her husband through an extramarital affair and how it was depicted in a positive light.

General Comments
Offred narrates The Handmaid's Tale, switching from her past to the dystopian "present." In this future, all that feminism stands for has been abolished and the United States has been renamed. Offred isn't even her real name. It is her new name after she has been made a Handmaid for a Commander to bear his children.

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