15:33 | 18/10/15 Finally completed by mind map on the Handmaid’s Tale! Not too happy with how it turned out, it was really difficult to succinctly write about all the topics I wanted to and I didn’t even find the space to write about the style. Maybe I’ll make a separate map for that. Only one more map to write and then I’m done with these full mind maps for English! Starting to feel prepared for the comparative essay exam in November!
The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian novel, a work of science fiction or speculative fiction, written by Canadian author Margaret Atwood
Set in the near future, in a totalitarian Christian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, The Handmaid’s Tale explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency.
The story is presented from the point of view of a woman called Offred (literally Of-Fred).
The character is one of a class of individuals kept as concubines (“handmaids”) for reproductive purposes by the ruling class in an era of declining births due to sterility from pollution and sexually transmitted diseases.(x)
“Maybe none of this is about control. Maybe it isn’t really about who can own whom, who can do what to whom and get away with it, even as far as death. Maybe it isn’t about who can sit can who has to kneel or stand or lie down, legs spread open. Maybe it’s about who can do what to whom and be forgiven for it. Never tell me it amounts to the same thing.”
The summer dress rustles against the flesh of my thighs, the grass grows underfoot, at the edges of my eyes there are movements, in the branches; feathers, flittings, grace notes, tree into bird, metamorphosis run wild. Goddesses are possible now and the air suffuses with desire.