The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ is set in the future when women’s sole purpose is to reproduce. The book explores feminist ideals – both the idea of equality with men and the extremes of radical feminism. The ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ also explores the idea of freedom from something and the freedom to do something. The story critiques the idea of using religion as a front by totalitarian states.
I enjoyed reading the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ because it explores important ideas such as politics, religion and freedom. The book made me think and examine key aspects of society. Though I found the oppressed state of Gillead terrifying, I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to broaden their horizons.
By Malaika Kambona
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