Monday, 23 May 2022

Everyone is talking about The Handmaid’s Tale

  The Handmaid’s Tale

LONDON: It’s highly unlikely you will have been on the internet in the last few months and not heard anything about The Handmaid’s Tale.

Whether it be the likeliness to current political climates around the world, or the costume design, the show has made headlines. Why? Because it resonates with people, and because the show depicts a future so terrifying that most people who watch it are so shocked they definitely have to talk about it. Well, us too.

Depicting a world where women are subjected to brutality, including being used solely for their reproductive capabilities,  the show which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, doesn’t shy away from exploring women’s place in our society — albeit a grossly horrifying one.

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Set in a dystopian future called Gilead, the show follows the main character Offred and her journey from normal, free woman to a Handmaid, forced to live with a rich man and his wife and carry their children. With a focus on brutal and normalised violence, including rape, The Handmaid’s Tale provides a peek into a world run solely by men, for men.

Speaking to actress Emma Watson earlier this year, Atwood explained the inspiration behind the story, one of which was what ring-wing politicians were already saying in 1980, and what the world might look like if they had their way.

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“They were saying the kinds of things they’re now doing, but at that time they didn’t have the power to do them. I believe that people who say those kinds of things will do those things if and when they get power: They’re not just funning around. So that was one of the inspirations.

If you’re going to make women go back into the home, how are you going to do that? If America were to become a totalitarian state, what would that state look like?” she told Watson for Entertainment Weekly.

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