Handmaid's Tale Review: A Feminist Revolution Took Back In 1985
"Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum"
It is a Latin phrase which means, "don't let the bastards grind you down."
A dystopian novel by Margaret Atwood, Handmaid's Tale is a science-fiction one would love to read it. In 1985, where the wave of feminism had not hit the world, (as there were no social media around to hold your back), Margaret has voiced her opinion of a child-bearer machine, a woman, strong enough to leave the people with deaf ears. A harsh reality of patriarchal society unfolds chapter by chapter, leaving you all with an open mind and a closed vagina. Aggravated while reading, Margaret's book strikes the right chord with a feminist personality reading out loud in the paternal society. Thirty years ago if this book came as a far-fetched sight to a lot, Handmaid's Tale is one of the most appreciated feminist work.
Handmaid's Tale is a portrait of future America, where a woman will be solely used as a child-bearing machine, making her work as none other than maid for the elites to give birth to an offspring, who are unable to make a child of their own. Sex might be a pleasure in 2018, back then, this writer walked into the future and gave us all a part of reality, where sex is nothing but a process of reproduction.
Divided the society in colors – red, green, and blue, the story follows with a red-dressed handmaid, named Offred, in the new Republic of Gilead. As the roles of the women were fixed, the new wave of religious fanaticism drove men to offer their service to the Republic of Gilead.
Each governor was given a wife, dressed in blue, providing a handmaid to bear the child. The sexual intercourse between the man and the handmaid, called "ceremony" was held in front of the wife. Handmaid would rest in the mistress' lap, passive and emotionless, and would help the governor to copulate. A grotesque scene of rape is considered as ceremonial nights was no less than a nightmare. Once conceived, the child was given to the governor and his wife, taking away all the rights the handmaid. The need to fight back and shut down this inhuman ceremonial nights, Offred starts searching for her answers when her friend, Ofglen goes missing after a while.
Apparently, the name, Offred comes from her master, of-Fred, which makes her the living entity of her only governor. The story has an ambiguous end, leaving you all with your own theories of future, followed up with the handmaid's notes.