The Handmaid's Tale: Quote's

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Year 11 English Flashcards on The Handmaid's Tale: Quote's, created by oliviamilford on 08/25/2013.

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The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Femininity "My nakedness is strange to me already. [...] Did I really wear bathing suits, at the beach? ... Shameful, immodest." - Offred has been brainwashed so much to the point that she finds her own naked body shameful
The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Femininity "Mother, I think. Wherever you may be. Can you hear me? You wanted a women's culture. Well, now there is one." - In an ironic moment of anti-feminism, a "women's culture" does exist, but it isn't one any reasonable feminist (male or female) would have wanted. It's a terrible realization of a different kind of imagined equality.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Identity "When I'm naked I lie down on the examining table, on the sheet of chilly crackling disposable paper... It intersects me so the doctor will never see my face. He deals with a torso only." - While the narrator is treated as a body that's separate from her self much of the time, here that separation is literalized.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Identity "My name isn't Offred, I have another name, which nobody uses now because it's forbidden. I tell myself it doesn't matter, your name is like your telephone number, useful only to others; but what I tell myself is wrong, it does matter." - Here the narrator tries to distance herself from the new name society has given her. She attempts, unsuccessfully, to convince herself that her name is separate from her identity.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Gender Inequality "Sterile. There is no such thing as a sterile man anymore, not officially. There are only women who are fruitful and women who are barren, that's the law." - only women are to blame for not being able to bare children, even though people know it can be either gender.
The Handmaid's Tale - Margret Atwood: Handmaid's Bodies as a Machine "She'd like me pregnant though, over and done with and out of the way, no more humiliating sweaty tangles, no more flesh triangles under her starry canopy of silver flowers." - A successful pregnancy for a Handmaid means a release, not just for her but for the household she serves.
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