The Handmaid’s Taleby Margaret Atwood
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- Grades: 10 - 12
- Ages: 15 - and up
In this masterpiece of postapocalyptic fiction, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a totalitarian religious regime that enslaves and controls all women.
Modern Dystopic Classic, Riveting Suspense, Scathing Satire, Unforgettable Narrative Voice Provocative Conversations About Feminism and Misogyny, Bestseller That Inspired the TV Series
Topics and Themes:
Theocracy, Surrogacy, Rape, Slavery, Torture and Execution, Motherhood
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The story is told through the eyes of Offred, an unfortunate Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, with a job of her own, a husband, and a child. But all of that is gone now...everything has changed.
Slowly, she reveals to the reader the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade and her own growing conviction that she must somehow resist and escape.