The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1998)
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Answer the following questions:
1. The Handmaid’s Tale illustrates that a dictatorship can be established by playing upon people’s fears and dissatisfaction with societal conditions and that, once dictatorial controls are instituted, fear tactics can be asserted to attempt to keep the government in place. What are some of these fear tactics?
2. How does Gilead create and use a new vocabulary to buttress its totalitarian order?
3. Consider the ways in which Atwood presents the significance of the individual versus the State in The Handmaid’s Tale. Discuss.