Power and Control

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  • Power and Control
    • The Handmaid's Tale
      • Offred uses the words “flag,” “country,” “attack,” “parley,” and “territory” when describing the commander
        • Uses warfare language to describe his movements. She is fearful of the power she knows he has and what he can do with it.
        • Semantic field of war - war obviously relates to a loss of power and control
      • 'A rat in a maze is free to go anywhere, as long as it stays inside the maze.'
        • Offred understands the freedom they are told they have is actually not freedom at all in the bigger picture - due to control of the misogynistic regime
        • Metaphor
        • Atwood noticed at the time of writing the novel that women's oppression was significant, and they were controlled by male politicians who brought around abortion laws, etc.
    • All My Sons
      • 'Fourteen months later I had one of the best shops in the state again, a respected man again; bigger than ever.'
        • Joe Keller describing his return to business after the court case, has knows he has the power to earn back the trust and respect from society, due to his wealth, after his crimes.
        • Ironic he is able to earn all that respect back after committing a crime that goes against all the trust and respect he is given
      • 'If I could have gone in that day I'd a told him – junk 'em, Steve, we can afford it.'
        • Keller takes full advantage of his power of being acquitted of the crime by reversing what actually happened. As Steve is suffering in prison, he knows he is in control of manipulating the actual story
        • Shows Keller's extremely manipulating, selfish attitude - the attitude Miller believed was everything wrong with society.


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