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  • The Handmaids Tale
    • Context
      • Feminism: many movements had occurred including available birth control
      • Social Darwinism and Biopower: the weak are selected to be left behind
    • Characters
      • Offred: tragic victim of the novel that is the narrator
      • Moira: a symbol of hope and rebellion
      • Serena Joy: CommandersWife that was famous in the time before
      • Nick: establishes secret with Offred to get her pregnant
      • The Commander: put many of the laws of Gilead in place
      • Janine: represents the perfect handmaid
    • Themes
      • Science: shunned yet biology is one of the most important things in Gilead
      • Society: segregated and isolated everyone in some way
      • Women: treated unfairly and represent waves of feminism
      • Gender Roles: biological determines place in society
    • Quotes
      • 'Better does not mean better for everyone, it always means worse for some.' - Commander
      • 'Don't let the bastards grind you down.'
      • 'You have been given freedom from. Don't underrate it.'
      • 'You can help how you feel, but you can help how you behave,'
    • Narrative Methods
      • Analepsis: flashback
      • Metafiction: a story within a story
      • Homodigetic author: 1st person

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