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1

Who is serena joy based on?

Phyllis Schaffly- TV personality- Televangelism

2

Atwood criticises radicalism

Through the character of Offreds mother

3

Puritans

Atwood studies American puritans who went to America for a theocracy- Gilead is much like a Puritan society- autonomous to other societies

4

Ronald ragen

Push back of women’s rights
Atomic family
Patriarchal gender roles
Restricted laws on abortion
1981 closed the office of domestic violence
Christian fundamentalist who used the bible to shape law
Murders related to sexual assault and domestic violence increased

5

Maos China

Loyalty to the state
University life ends
Books burnt

6

Nuclear scare

Cold War- Atwood is an environmentalist

7

Infertility

AIDS epidemic

8

Afghanistan and Iran

Atwood went and observed fundamentalist societies
Imposition of public executions
Atwood criticises justice system

9

Hitler and the Nazis

Dehumanisation- you have to make an it
Hitlers youth movement- try to make handmaiden tabula rasa and re educate them

10

Slavery

Abolished in 1865 but had been a way of life for years
Gilead- children of ham deported chap 14

11

Phillis Schlaffly

Radical televangelist representative of the character serena joy

12

Feminism

Take back the night movement

13

Nazi setting

Colonies are the ghettos and concentration camps