The Handmaid’s Tale By Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel. And as expected of any novel of the same kind, it tells a dark story in a world where human right is limited and tons of problems occur at the same time.

But rather than portraying discrimination, mass poverty, or other crisis of the society, this book centered upon the unfortunate fate of the women in future England. It tells the story of a country where the government has been taken over by a dark force. Then, everything just takes a turn for the worse.

What will you do if someday, all you have suddenly vanish, and you are left with nothing and have to become somebody’s commodity?

That’s the horrible fate the lead female character finds herself in. The new government has stripped away the right to read, to learn, to write, to handle money, or to own anything of every female. They are even classified, and the colors of their clothes decide their places in society.

The main character is forced to take the role of a “Handmaid”, who has to bear the child for the ruling class of man. In that era, the living condition of horrible, so there are few women possess a healthy reproductive system. Our girl is one of them, so she is chosen for this specific “duty.”

As I get to this part, I don’t even know what I’m supposed to feel anymore. Shock, anger, frustration, and even fury seem to hit me at once. It’s just too horrible to take on!

I don’t even know what I will do if I were in her shoes. Maybe I’ll just find a building and jump off before any of those catastrophes. I can’t stand living like that, honestly!

But the girl lives on, like a little wildflower in the middle of a meadow. Nobody pays attention to her, nobody cares about her, her tragedy remains buried within the darkness that called life. Still, she continues on, and never gives up.

I really admire the girl. She’s just so strong, and her will to live as well as her hope shine so bright. She knows so well that she is but a tool, “a two-legged womb” – she even calls herself that. But she never stops fighting, though silently.

Her emotions were captured really well throughout the story and the tragedy she must bear. This novel is about a rotten society where women are nothing but commodities, but I see it differently.

Following the main character as she takes on the hardships that life throws at her, and bravely get through them all, as she ventures through the most horrible chapter of her life, then eventually finds light, and love, the only thing I feel is hope.

Hope for a better future. Hope for freedom. Hope for love. Hope for recognition. And so many more.

The Handmaids were stripped of their own identity. But during the training days, in their beds, they still whisper their real names throughout the night. This is a very beautiful detail. Though there seems to be no hope, the girls still try not to forget who they are, believing that someday, their old life will return.

The Handmaid’s Tale isn’t a book with an excellent writing style, but undoubtedly it’s among the book with the greatest plot I have read. The way it shows us that hope will always exist no matter what really moves me.

Undoubtedly, this book will always be in my reread list!

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