What I Don't Like About The Hand Maid's Tale

Discussion in 'Books' started by Warren1967, May 28, 2019.

  1. Warren1967

    Warren1967 Well-Known Member

    One of the biggest hit shows on Hulu is The Hand Maid'sTale. It was adapted from the novel of the same name and tells the story of one woman's struggle in an alternate world where women are suppressed and reduced to being handmaids or other roles where they are forced to be breeders as there are very few fertile women left in a new society called Gilead. What I don't agree with this book is that it in reality it is not capitalism that will perpetuate such a totalitarian society but socialism. It also underestimates how much people value their freedoms and that they are willing to fight for it. Another thing is that such societies that practice a similar system can be seen today and many of them are trying to bring that to the West,

    All in all, before you criticize what is happening in America today, just remember that you have the freedom to protest and criticize your beliefs. Those who suppress freedom of expression are now those on the radical left who do their best to shut down opposing opinion. Even if they argue about the rise of the alt-right, it is a small group that was brought about by the actions of the radical left. That is why I don't put this book and the show in high regard because it fails to attack such practices where it is really happening in real life. That is how I see it.
  2. Lilytr

    Lilytr New Member

    I think it's important to remember the context of the book. It's not a criticism of America today; it was written in the 1980s. At this time, there was a communist regime in Romania that restricted reproductive freedom to the point that women were legally required to take pregnancy tests every day, and if they miscarried, they would be sentenced to years in prison.
    Margaret Atwood isn't critiquing American capitalism in 2019. She's making a point about misogyny. Repression, especially of historically oppressed groups like women, can and does happen within every economic system.
    I haven't seen the show, so maybe they make capitalism a central theme, but the book is about religious totalitarianism and seizing control at the expense of human rights, which again, happens everywhere, under every imaginable system.

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