By NyishaHv
138 days ago

The Handmaids Tale - Unrequited Love

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Unrequited love, its a phrase we do not hear so often unless, of course, we have come across novels such as: The Handmaid's Tale (Margaret Atwood); The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne) . In the novels above, the reader gets a taste of the characters experiences, from sexual sin, to unrequited love, Oppression and also subjugation. After reading both novels, the handmaids Tale tells the story of a Handmaid called Offred, who lives in a patriarchal, dystopian society, where the concept of love is forbidden, and where the Handmaids are surveillance by special police to make sure they do not go out of bounds or commit 'fornication''.
Consistently battling spiritually against the Totalitarian, theocratic government, whereby, women are bound by unbreakable laws. These laws include: Conceiving for the Housewives (who are barren), the handmaids must conceive for these women by sleeping with their husbands (older men), so that they give their child to the Housewife as their own. The concept of unrequited love is heavily reflected in the Novel. Offred is not allowed to 'love'; the most a handmaid can do in this theocratic government. Moreover, Offred experiences unrequited love when she meets a militant part of the totalitarian regime, she falls in love with him. But he cannot fall in love with her; because, it is against protocol. The Autocratic government rule implies that it is a dictatorship and the Handmaid's are at the bottom of the hierarchy because they are servants of God, however, their duties are confined to only bearing children for the Housewives who are above them.
Offred, could not take the pain of not being able to experience her genuine roles of a woman, which would be to have children consensual, and to be able to experience love; freely....Of course, the implications of what will happen to Offred are unknown, will she escape this hell? or will she be bound by the rules of a strict, an undefeated regime, a heavily fortified city where there is little or no escape...If you had to experience what Offred experienced as a Woman, how would you feel? You weren't allowed to pursue love because it could get you killed? Or would you die for the one that you love like Shakespearean Romeo and Juliet, or would you succumb to the dictatorship, the housewives, the skewed 'laws of god', consistent indoctrination and perpetual subjugation.

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Mfoss Excellent article! I've seen the series, but not read the book. Would love to read the book too
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Angeloflife Wonderful!
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JasonJRogers Beautiful article dear 😘
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NyishaHv @JasonJRogers thankyou hun! :)
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RalRey I like the clear, fluid and precise form of its analysis; It is perceived that you have a wide knowledge of this literary and cinematographic production, transmitting in the reader curiosity and motivation. Congratulations.
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NyishaHv @RalRey thankyou very much, this book is one of my favourite books :) xo
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soncee Wonderful artikle
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