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People’s Choice Posts #5: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

It’s that time again! Read through your classmates’ reading response blogs on the first episode of the Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale, and choose your favorite post. You can choose a post for any reason, but you always must clearly articulate your rationale for choosing it (e.g., why did you find it interesting, compelling, likeable, provocative, etc.?). This rationale can refer to content, style, creativity, etc. If, after reading everyone’s posts, you strongly feel that your post is your “favorite,” you can always vote for yourself, but you need to provide a rationale for doing so.

In order to register your vote for this week’s “People’s Choice,” “leave a reply” to this post, and in your comment, provide your chosen post, an excerpt from it + rationale for choosing it. Provide the title and author of the chosen post, along with a link to the post you are citing (please provide the link in the same comment: don’t make a separate one with just the link). Citing is really important (in this case, citing your classmate!), and this is a way of giving credit to other sources and putting yourself in dialogue with them.

Comments/votes are mandatory, should be made no later than M 11/19. The person with the most votes will earn the coveted “People’s Choice” honor for this round of posts! I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose, and why.

Dystopia/Utopia

Stanley Caesar

ENG 2420

Professor Belli

11/13/18

 

Dystopian/Utopian

 

In the show, “ The Handmaid’s Tale”, which took place in the 1980s, but not exactly in the 1980s, but more of an alternative present day. It integrated a few additional notions of the way we live now. A dystopia is a community where there are a load of undesired wants occur and people are frightened about what goes in this small society. Once Alfred introduced herself while she was sitting in a small caged room, it gave me the idea that she was put somewhere that she did not want to be and had to obey by someone else’s rules. It was all in her tone with the way she talked about her life and where she had ended up. The difference between a Dystopia and Utopia is that in an Utopia, you are free to express yourself in your appearance while in a dystopia, you are forced to abide by the dress code depending on what your occupation is. Alfred felt because she resides in a dystopia now, she is not allowed to even say her real name, instead she has to live with a name that was given to her not at birth(5:00). –

 

The director made sure to make it known to the audience that nobody in this society is able to do anything of their wants. Alfred is forced to stay with this other female who is her “ spy” , and not her real friend. They never been acquainted with each other either. In a scene where Alfred and Martha is walking past a school full of kids dressed in the same exact clothing, Alfred gets a vision of seeing her and her family spending quality time at the beach, but it was just all of a dream (13:02). . That is what a dystopia does to one’s mind, it messes with you mentally and brainwashes your memories to forget them. A person with a pure mind and strong mindset will never forget their memories truly, so eventually, they become defiant with their doings. As watching through the show, I realized that men are allowed to dress how they desire, while women are forced to wear a long oversized dress with a white hat over their head to cover their hair. In the Jewish religion, the same concept is being taken and I see the comparison between the Jewish religion and a dystopia. Sexuality is not allowed in a dystopia either, “ Ofglen detected three bodies and noted one of them was a gay man and looked down upon it(15:42). As a society, it gives everyone the ability to see what is wrong in the society and I partially feel as if this was to go on as a social experiment for a targeted audience, it would give the world a good change in certain aspects.

 

“keep it together”

the handmaids tale is series where women who are fertile become objects to hold baby’s for families who are unable to have kids. The television series was created by Bruce Miller. The show takes place in the united stater of America. this show has a very dark feel to it, what it does, is make you think can this actually happen to the united states.  in the beginning all you see is a family in a car driving away to what you think is the police. The fear that you see in the father and mothers eyes is captivating in the sense of why they are in such distress.

the show starts off with an alarming scene and as it progresses it leaves you in a scene of stress and discomfort leaving you on edge. The women is is then taken away from her child and is knocked out and put in a van. She is brought to a facility were there are other women some dressed as her other dressed in red dresses and a white bonnet. sitting on desks as if they were in school listening to a teacher in a classroom waiting to be told what is next. the women inside the room were between there teenage years till there early thirties maybe. the room that they were in was surrounded by men holding guns.

The whole first episode had me on edge enraged with anger as to why women are being treated as dolls to have kids for others. the show makes me feel like with this disgusting thing of how to treat women that there is also capitalism. When she and this other women were going to the store everything was the same. There was nothing distinct except for the fact that they had oranges for the first time. there was also the fact that there is no currency just stamps for with the picture of the product they wanted to buy. The way the handmaids carry themselves as if it where normal for them to just go grocery shopping .

This Show is insane the way women who are able to have kids are used and how they are under appreciated, unable to have feeling, unable to have a voice , unable to be who they are, just because they are able to have kids. then there are men who are referred as “I” who make sure the handmaids don’t run way. everything is just unbelievable, there is also a women who is in charge of the handmaids thinking what she is doing is right then saying that god has blessed these women that is blasphemy not  a blessing from god. The show is just unnerving and aggravating.

The main character is told to forget about her passed forget she had a kid forget she had a husband, best friend, family and life, if she were to bring it up she would get beat for it if she were to run away she would beat for it. The only reason why she is trying to stay alive is for her kid. shes not going to do anything to get herself hurt she just wants to see her kid and the one thing she keeps on repeating is “keep your shit together”. Yes do that but i would fight back i would not care about if i get killed i would never attempt to even think about being in this predicament i would fight and die trying .

Moving into the future through the past

The Handmaids Tale is a television show based on a book by the same name told from the perspective of one of the handmaids Offred originally known as June in a dystopian future were society has digressed and women no longer have a say in how the country is run. Although the story does seem to focus a lot on religion it has just a strongly  centers around reproduction and the inability to conceive.

From the very beginning we are introduced to this idea that in this society the ability to have children is rare that the main objective of a handmaid is to provide to children for the powerful in society. More than that we are introduced to a society were the inability to provide children is fully put on the women and rather then the viewing the capturing and enslavement of these once free women as unjust they are forced to believe that it is a privilege. This is seen around 17:43 were June is having a flashback to when she was put in a school to properly learn how to be a handmaid. Throughout this scene Aunt Lydia is telling all the women captured why women are now unable to have children by describing how they had become dirty and no longer pure

Within in this society it’s easy to see how women no longer have a voice and that the only real power any of them have is the ability to reproduce but even then this power is still constantly checked to the point were even if you are capable conceiving it doesn’t guarantee you safety. Around the start of minute 19  we see Janine speak out against the ideas being told to her by aunt Lydia and rather being safe is shocked in the neck as both a demonstration to the rest of the women their but also to prove a point that  just because you can conceive doesn’t mean you’re safe.

Further into the show in 41:21 the handmaids are brought into a ritual and when they get there June talks to Alma about there commanders. In this seen Alma talks about her commanders inability to conceive and even though this might be true the blame will still fully be on her for inability to provide a child. The first episode really shows the levels to which toxic masculinity can truly wreck among a society and the levels to which they go to hide this fact all together. The people at the top of this society might put religion as the center focus of there society but is only done so to mask there true nature as well as to gain full power be cause what better way then to use ones faith against one another, a faith that helps to the oppressors of this society at the top without question.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Society of Regression?

The Handmaid’s Tale is a post apocalyptic story that focuses on a society where women are oppressed and some are forced to be “Handmaid’s”, women who are forced to give birth for men whether they want to or not.  The reason this society developed is because a plague had resulted in infertility in many women becoming infertile. One woman who is still able to give birth is named Offred and the story focuses a lot on her flashbacks and her current experiences.  From each of them it appears that the society seems to be regressing from equality and progressing towards totalitarianism.

The most obvious difference from the past and present is women’s rights, as Offred’s thoughts and feelings clearly show the difference.  The biggest difference can be seen in Offred’s flashback where Offred is meeting with her friend Moira before the society developed (48:30).  Their dialogue together shows that Offred is clearly with a man she likes yet in the present time she is living as a surrogate mother for a man referred to as “Commander Waterford.” (6:30) and walks around depressed all the time, which is unlike the attitude she showed with her friend.  From this we can not only conclude happiness is not a value of this society but also that women capable of giving birth aren’t allowed to live an independent life, as they are forced into servitude. Other signs of women’s limited rights are the fact that they wear different clothes compared to the past (48:30), can’t go on walks outside without another Handmaid to spy on them (12:17), and are seemingly forbidden from even doing an activity as simple as reading (14:30).

Another step back from equality is gay rights.  The first sign we see implying that homosexuality is looked down upon is when the hanging bodies are shown.  Ofglen, Offred’s Handmaid partner, notes that one of the three bodies is a gay man (15:42). What shows that this is a regression from the past is Offred’s flashback at, where she’s once again with her friend Moira who is able to laugh and spend time with her girlfriend (16:40).  Later on, Moira confirms that “dyke purges” are an event in the present and that Odette, who is possibly Moira’s girlfriend, was classified as an Unwoman and sent to work in The Colonies (20:10). Ofglen also states she had a wife around which furthers the idea that the world was far more equal in the past than now (51:25).  Considering the society has an excessive fixation on babies and giving birth, it’s understandable why they see gay people as incapable of fitting in (17:45).

The last sign that the society descended from equality is its lack of freedom of religion.  Around the hanging bodies scene, Ofglen also stated that one of them was a priest (15:42). Although the episode never specifically stated what religion the priest was or what the society follows despite their frequent use of phrases involving God (39:20), it’s likely that the priest was part of a religion that believed in chastity.  A vow of chastity would clearly go against the society’s value of childbirth, therefore it’s likely they weren’t seen as helpful to fulfilling the society’s goals. A scene from the past suggests that not everyone believes in religion based on Moira’s comment “Let’s go to Church” before she and Offred laugh over it (16:40). Therefore, it seems like the society in the future forces people to follow certain religious beliefs while also not allowing them to embrace the religion too deeply or else they turn out like the priest.

Although it’s only one episode, the flashbacks and present experiences of Offred seem to imply that the world used to be more freedom and equal rights before progressively becoming a totalitarian government.  Whether it’s gender, sexual preference, or religion, this society only allows people to follow their rules, and if they don’t fit in, they will be punished in some way. As our world seems to permit individuality and diversity among people, The Handmaid’s Tale could be seen as a path we might end up following if the fertility rates are lowered to the point of threatening humanity’s continues existence.

The Handmaid’s Tale: Horrifying And Sickening To The Core

In The Handmaid’s Tale, things have changed drastically from our world. Parts of Earth are littered with toxic waste and poison produced by humans. These areas become what is known as The Colonies, while the health parts of the Earth become known as Gilead. Gilead is a totalitarian society ruled by fundamental regime that strips women of all freedom and rights, subjecting them as properties instead of humans with emotions. In all, it is a totally and utterly a disaster of a dystopian universe.

When watching the first episode of season one of this series, I am horrified by the cruelness and brutality taking place. According to Offred’s words, “So many things are forbidden now,” and in truth, it is (5:46). Handmaids, women for the purpose of creating offspring, are limited to many things, such as space, time, reading, buying, and even their names. Offred is use to be known as June, but she is not allowed to be known by their original name. A name is an identity, it sums up who one is. Giving someone a second name and forbidding he or she access to their original is the same as forcing them to become someone else. This obliteration of identity is also seen with the standard appearance of the handmaids, for they all wear a white cap and dress in red. These red robes covers their entire body and the white caps, to some extent, obstruct the face of the handmaids, like the barren wife, Serena Joy said, “I want to see as little of you as possible” (7:34). These handmaids are not seen as humans, but sex dolls with a face. It is sickening seeing the Ceremony in which the husband have to have sex with the handmaid while having the barren wife witness the whole thing. The blankness on their face and just plain torture.

Furthermore, the Red Center where handmaids are sent to to be educated about sexual servitude, is beyond words. Violence is served to all of the disobedient, such as a character known as Janine has her right eye gorge out for rebellious spirit in her eyes. Furthermore, on top of losing an eye, she is also forced to serve many men for many hours as well. However, the worse is the mental attacks that she suffers. The rest of the handmaids are forced to point and shame her for all the things she has been through, as though it is truly her fault and that she deserves it, when in truth, that is not true at all (21:56, 27:50). The world is crazy, enough to drive many people insane, and maybe it is more of a blessing to be insane than live in an insane world.

On top of that, there is an eerie similarity between this and the book 1984 by George Orwell. While 1984 has “Big Brother is watching you,” The Handmaid’s Tale has “Under His eye” (10:28). There is both surveillance and lack of privacy in both texts. There is an utmost power, control of the people with eyes and people with guns everywhere. Furthermore, both the novel and the tv series, there is an opposite and twist to many slogans and words. For example, the sexual intercourse between a handmaid and a male servant is define as “rape” and the forced sex is seen more as a divine duty. The handmaids, used as sex dolls, are known to be “good women” while the others on the run from the totalitarian rule is known as “whores” and “sluts.” It is ironic and sarcastic, sickening to the core.

The Issues of Freedom and Privacy in a Strict Religious Society

A Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian science fiction web television series created by Bruce Miller. It is based off a 1985 novel written by Margaret Atwood. In the first episode titled “Offred,” The main character named June and her family get captured by a group of armed men. June and her daughter are then sent into a heavily protected town that enforces it’s polices and values by any means necessary. Throughout this episode, religion is shown to be an important part of the town’s society and the status of freedom and privacy is put into question.

Religion appears to be the main focal point of the town. Although it is never stated, religion is heavily implied and enforced to all who live in the area. First, women and children wear clothing that appear to be inspired from the colonial times, a religious period. This includes the maidservant outfit and the red dress with a cotton coif. Second, when speaking to others, women state phrases that most likely have religious connotations, including, “praise be,” “under his eye” and “may the lord open” among others. Lastly, people who are doctors, priests and homosexual are hanged for their personal choice and/or profession (15:40). This is obviously inspired by real religion because history has shown that religious groups tend to disapprove of all these parties, especially homosexuals.

Freedom is very minimal in this episode. Outsiders are not given a choice in becoming a resident of the town because they are either shot in sight or taken in forcefully. For example, June was knocked out unconscious in the beginning of the story, leaving her daughter to be easily snatched away (03:58). Once inside the town which is filled with armed men at every corner, outsiders are then given new names and are forced to learn the town’s values and speech patterns. If one refuses to obey their teachings, they would be dealt a harsh punishment. Janine In particular was mentally and physically tortured by having her eye ripped off (21:30). All Outsiders are later forced to wear the same clothing and follow a strict schedule and set of rules, effectively removing any individuality.

In addition to freedom and religion, privacy is an important and heavily controlled aspect of the town. As previously stated, the town is filled with armed men who watch for any suspicious activities. In most shots of the town, one can notice at least one guard. However, in terms of privacy, June is more concerned about her peers revealing incriminating information than about the guards watching her. She states, “[t]here are no friends here, can’t be. The truth is we’re watching each other. She’s my spy (12:20).” This is emphasized by the fact that all women speak to each other cautiously, obviously thinking before speaking. When one says something that goes against the towns values, they become scared (14:27) or show a rebellious Attitude (51:00). Another example of privacy being at risk is at the end of the episode, where one of Junes peers tells her that, “[t]here’s an eye in your house” (52:50). This means that someone is secretly watching her and relaying information about her activities to a higher power.

A “Handmade Tale”

The Handmaids Tale, when I first read a few passages of the actual book I knew there was a dark vibe to it. But watching the first episode of the series really showed me the true darkness within this “Fictional World”. I could see why this book as a whole has become popular. The new presidential administrations methods and motto matches that of the hierachy in place within the Handmaids Tale.

At (16:25) An Aunt speaks to the handmaids at the red center and explains why it has come to this point. And that is a plague of infertility and toxicity released in the world. A punishment from God. The Aunt without actual proof claims all the chaos is a part of gods plan. This is similar to the current presidential administration whose “information” is also missused and inaccurate. Around the 19:40 mark the aunt says somthing that left me uneasy. “I know this must feel strange to you but ordinary is just what you’re used to. This may not seem ordinary to you right now but after time it will become ordinary”. This statement concluded that these women had nothing great in their past lives and that from here on out that being a handmaid will be their normal.

Which is completely false, throughout the episode other women reveal information about their past lives and former happiness. Around 13:19 Offred has flashbacks of her young daughter and husband at a beach enjoying the water. Throughout the episode Offred has flashbacks of her daughter and constantly reminds her self to get herself together. She maintains strong in hopes of seeing her daughter and runing away with her far away. From the beginning of the episode I could see the physiological warefare between this hierarchy and the women. Around the 27:50 mark a handmaid is surrounded by other handmaids and aunts. Being accused of provoking her rape experience. The aunts get the other handmaids to agree with them which left me thinking how meticulous this hierarchy is to get these women to spy and plot against each other.

Woman Vs Woman is a recurring theme throughout the Handmaids Tale. This is seen perfectly within the Commanders Home between Offred and The commanders wife Joy. Pure hatred and sadness can be seen through Joy’s eyes through the completion of the ceremony. The root of that pain and suffering is not of Offred but the hierarchy and their sick physiological warefare. This is Due to our will for survival. Every Man and Woman within this hierarchy plays their part to survive. Joy willing and capable directs all this hatred and sadness onto Offred who is incapable of reciprocating the same energy back to joy. Because that’s risking her life death for sure. Death she does not want to face as she wants to be reunited with her daughter the will that keeps her going.

It is clear that the hierarchy in place has complete control over all its subjects and makes complete examples of those who are not within their control. At the 15:35 mark Offred and Ofglen decide to walk back home by the river. They encounter the wall that has a Priest, Doctor, and a Gayman hanging from it. Prime examples of what happens to those who disobey and don’t fit within the hierarchy. Death seems to be the penalty faced for any obstruction within the hierarchy that or being cast out of it to clear waste till dying days. The fear of death allows this hierarchy to maintain physiological control or advantage over everyone with in it. So much like controlling all actions.

At about the 47:45 mark The Aunt gathers all handmaids for a salvaging.  A man is broughtout who according to Aunt Lydia, raped a pregnant Handmaid and caused her to lose the baby. All handmaids are startled and upset. Offred is secretly breaking down at potential news of her friend Moira being killed. Aunt Lydia blows a whistle and Like Attack dogs on command begin to release all frustration, anger, all emotions onto that man a purging of sorts for these handmaids. They all stop and snapback to normal from this rabid state after the whistle blows again. Many handmaids seem relieved after the “purging” but Offred is still in disbelief from what she had heard.

This first episode was like the story itself a machine. A machine that has tons of parts that allows it to work properly. This episode showed how this hierarchy gets all these pieces to work. When it comes to the handmaids their obedience is enforced by the Aunts and the wives of the Commanders. They separation between the handmaids and the aunts and wives. Allows the hierarchy to create tension and complete separation between them. As a result the complete control of Women. Because the women in higher positions fail to see the harm they are causing themselves and their kind but that again are blinded by the will for survival.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale – A Startling Look Into Birth Control

In the HULU series “The Handmaid’s Tale”, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel “The Handmaid’s Tale”, we take a look at the first episode “Offred” in season 1 (The Handmaid’s Tale). At the very beginning where we see Offred sitting in her room at her master’s house, a very important narration is told to the viewers: “A chair, a table, a lamp. There’s a window with white curtains and the glass is shatterproof. But it isn’t running away they’re afraid of. A handmaid wouldn’t get that far. It’s those other escapes. The ones you can open yourself given a cutting edge. Or a twisted sheet and a chandelier.” (04:05) This to me is a bit of a play on words about the idea that the only real escape is by suicide, or at least there have been many successive attempts at suicide because running away would also mean death. The premise of “The Handmaid’s Tale” which is set in a dystopian future where a new government in America has began to take action against a dangerously depleting birthrate caused by the long term effects of pollution on earth. Thus “Gilead” was born with the government’s watch to regulate birth of children. Of course, their methods and choices are absolutely horrendous and sickening because of the twisted use of the bible (more on this) as a reason to justify the acts done in the story.

The first thing that was notable is the use of symbolism with the clothing. Offred is wearing a bonnet and a long dress, so as to cover her hair and her entire body. This is the first time we see a biblical reference as to why the handmaids all wear one, but also has double duty in giving a viewer an idea that the “society” (Gilead) wants uniformity. The relevant bible verse says it like this: “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.” 1 Cor. 11:15 (KJV) This was something that Gilead had been trying to achieve with their handmaidens. “Holiness” or one could say “sterility” and free from sin. With this, I needed to know what exactly is the meaning of a handmaiden or what its origins are. The word handmaid translates from the Hebrew language meaning “Female Slave” or “Someone whose essential function is to serve and assist” (First definition, Second Definition). In a biblical sense, which is what this story is mostly based on, a handmaid was first really showcased when polygamy wasn’t an abstract idea. We see that the solution that Gilead has come up with was to bring back polygamy and have the handmaidens as surrogate mothers to combat the childbirth crisis. According to an ABC News interview with the costume designer for the show, another thing to note was the use of colors throughout the show, where all handmaids wear red and white and the handmaid’s masters wear monotone colors, such as the waterford’s color schemes. This seems to signify status in the world of Gilead. (Article)

In another scene right at the beginning there are a few phrases that recur throughout the series which are “Blessed be the fruit”, “May the Lord open” (11:50) which I believe are direct references to the fruit being children and “may the Lord open” just means that they pray that God stays accepting. Another phrase mentioned throughout the series is “Under His eye” which I also assume means under the eye of God or that could mean that under the eye of the government. Although not really stated in the first episode, there are government workers throughout the complex that the handmaids call “eyes”.

To expand a little more on what exactly “Gilead” is, I looked up what the definition of Gilead is, and it is also a biblical reference. Gilead meaning “heap or mass of testimony” which is a sensible name for what is trying to be achieved there: birth of healthy babies. (Gilead) A very big and over-encompassing rhetoric in Gilead is the use of the old testament of the bible, which had a lot of abstract ideas and things that were okay in the society of those times but are questioned in modern society about its morality. Obversely, the old testament was rendered obsolete by Christ Jesus.

One final point to make about the show in its first episode is the role of women in the show, which Gilead sticks to the old idea that women are the mothers, caretakers, and the child bearers which are in some ways an instinctive attribute for women, however, the society before the new change in government, was a modern day society. June (Offred’s real name) had a job and a life of her own before the changes. We see again that with Ms. Waterford, she is a stay at home wife, and has her handmaids do most of her work for her except for her own hobby of gardening and crotchet.

 

 

A Totalitarian Society

The Handmaid’s Tale is based on totalitarian society. In this society, women that are fertile are being used to serve the Leaders of the Faithful. In this sense, these women will offer their services to these men and provide them with children. These ‘Leaders of the Faithful’  seem to be a large group of men that use the bible as their reasons for controlling their society.

In the beginning, we are introduced to a couple and their child. They are trying to escape the authorities. They eventually are captured. The man is shot, the woman and child are separated and taken away in separate vehicles. In the next scene, we are brought to a women sitting in the window light. At (05:10), she says something that is a bit strange. “A Handmaid wouldn’t get far. It’s those other escapes. The ones you can open in yourself given a cutting edge. Or a twisted sheet and a chandelier”. When I heard this, I was in shock. I was thinking about what things these ‘handmaids’ go through to think about suicide. Why would they need a shattered proof window? Was it because their lives were that miserable that they would resort to cutting themselves?

We learn that this mysterious woman’s name is Offred. She has another name but it is forbidden as many things are forbidden in this new world. She is under the command of Mr. and Mrs. Waterford. Mr. Waterford one of the commanders of the Leaders of the Faithful. We also introduced to the ‘Marthas’. The role of the ‘Marthas’ is different from the ‘handmaids’. They provide other services like cooking and cleaning. Offred is met with another ‘handmaid’ named Ofglen. They walk to the grocery store together. At (13:22), we have a flashback of Offred and her family together at the beach. She is happy and smiling but is then pulled back to reality with a grim look on her face.

At (14:53), Offred says something that is offputting. She wants to scream and grab the nearest machine gun. She either wants to end her life or she wants to murder everyone in the store. At (15:46), Offred and Ofglen find three bodies hanging, a priest, a doctor, and a gay man. Maybe in this totalitarian society, they do not approve of Catholicism, abortion, and homosexuality. At (19:33), it is disturbing that they think that what they are doing is ordinary. The idea behind using women as only surrogates is a disgraceful act and should not be defined as ordinary.

At (30:20), Mr. Waterford is reciting a verse from the bible and is committing a sexual act against Offred. So basically, the bible verse is about Rachael wanting to have children. Since she is unable to have children, Rachael offers her maid, Bilhah, to her husband Jacob. In the same scene, the acts that were said in the bible verse are being done between Mr. Waterford, Offred, and Mr. Waterford. When watching this scene, I was just had a bad feeling. I was thinking about how this is wrong and that it is immoral. Also, Mrs. Waterford did not like this at all. She seemed to be both angry and sad that she could not bear children herself.

At (44:04), all of the handmaids are gathered to watch the persecution of a man that has been convicted of rape. It turns out that the penalty for rape is death. I find this to be very hypocritical. How is it okay for Mr. Waterford to rape Offred but it is unholy for a regular man to rape a pregnant woman? I understand that both actions are wrong and immoral. Is it because that is society’s law? I find it odd that a high-ranking couple is allowed to commit such a cruel act upon an innocent woman just because of the Bible. It does not make sense to me. So then the group of handmaids form a circle and surround the man who has committed rape. He is then beaten and brutalized for his actions. It is barbaric to watch a group of innocent women turn into vicious murderers.

The first episode of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was a great representation of a totalitarian society. It is an eye-opener. I realized that how similar our reality was in comparison to this possible reality. In one of the scenes, one of the characters is being ridiculed for being raped. And they blame her for it and say that is was God teaching her a lesson. It is relevant in our time because women are speaking about against their sexual offenders and are being ridiculed by others. With this episode in the books, I have one question. What happens when the handmaid has a miscarriage? Are they punished or do they try again?