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  • What if?The Handmaid's Tale
    • Another topic that is discussed by Sullivan is the material that inspired Atwood
      • The "obsession" of INFERTILITY
        • Sullivan notes that infertility was the perfect theme for Atwood's distopian nightmare because it is so harrowingly possible
          • It is terrifyingly powerful and almighty because of the potential it has to abolish the human race
      • Harvard
        • A key theme discussed by Sullivan women
    • The Cuban missile crisis
      • "wondering if the world was about to end"
  • The result would inevitably be a "totalitarian-ism takeover"
    • "What would happen when infertility rates reached epidemic proportion?"
      • It is terrifyingly powerful and almighty because of the potential it has to abolish the human race
      • society would inevitably be dominated by controlling leaders in charge of governing reproduction
        • "Those in power would seek to secure control over reproduction"
        • "Women would become valuable possessions"
          • Fertility would have more worth and desire than money
            • "If the wives of the elite were infertile, then substitutes would have to be found"
        • "If the wives of the elite were infertile, then substitutes would have to be found"
  • "Those in power would seek to secure control over reproduction"
  • Fertility would have more worth and desire than money
    • Genesis
      • After reading Genesis , Atwood was inspired by the story of Sarah;s handmaid
        • The story of the Handmaid was a perfect description and title of what her novel represented
      • Another topic that is discussed by Sullivan is the material that inspired Atwood
        • The "obsession" of INFERTILITY
          • Sullivan notes that infertility was the perfect theme for Atwood's distopian nightmare because it is so harrowingly possible
          • Harvard
            • A key theme discussed by Sullivan women
        • Religion
      • A young girl who was used as a "reproductive vessel"
        • After reading Genesis , Atwood was inspired by the story of Sarah;s handmaid
          • The story of the Handmaid was a perfect description and title of what her novel represented
      • Religion
      • war and terror
        • The Berlin Wall
      • "wondering if the world was about to end"
      • The Berlin Wall
      • see pages 854-855

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