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Monday, October 3, 2016

THE HANDMAID'S TALE: a novel of prophecies that are being fulfilled?



Back on May 5, I discussed the announcement about a television series based on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  Hulu, an American online company and streaming service, will be screening a 10-episode drama series based on the award-winning, best-selling novel.  The series is set to air early next year.

Elisabeth Moss will play Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead.  Enslaved by a society that values only her fertility, Offred must find a way to survive in this world of oppression and swift, cruel punishments.

Atwood, who is serving as consulting producer, said, “The Handmaid's Tale is more relevant now than when it was written.”  Recently, I came across an article that agrees with Atwood and argues that the the dystopia Atwood envisioned more than 30 years ago exists in the present:  the novel is “a chilling blueprint, a kind of literary prophecy for the not-so-future state of women in America here and now.” 

The article, entitled “Is The Handmaid’s Tale a Prophecy of America’s Future,” makes for interesting reading:  http://www.theestablishment.co/2016/09/28/is-the-handmaids-tale-a-prophecy-of-americas-future/