The Handmaid's Tale is about human relations, presented in a deliberate amplification of women's lack of rights and equality in a futuristic world. The city of Gilead is the last of what once was the United States, the city is a psuto religious based society they has manipulated the writings of the Old Testament. In this story we are presented with a woman who once lived a normal life with a husband and son who worked and enjoyed the freedoms of life. The life she once knew she was forced to abandon, her life now lacks the freedom and the power to make her own decisions and is forced to live according to the standards of this dysutopian society. She, like many other women in this tale abandoned freedom and are told that they have attained security and safety. She lives as a handmaid, a name given to her to distinguish her class in the society. As a handmaid she lives a repressed life, she is unhappy and is slowly being manipulated and programmed to accept her life and fait !.
as a handmaid. The story is about a society divided into classes. There is the upper class, the elite, they have money, power and prestige but their wives re infertile. There are the handmaids that are fertile women who are forced to be surrogate mothers and bear children for the elite; they are placed in a household for the sole purpose of bearing children to these barren couples. They are given few privileges, they are not allowed to drink, smoke, read. They are distinguishable in public; the dresses they wear classify them. They are red and when in public they are forced to wear white wings that cover their face so their face cannot be seen, a red dress with full-length sleeves that hangs down to ankle-length, wear red shoes and gloves. They are the shoppers of the household, only in pairs, they go out of the property, but they never leave the careful watching eye. Any actions that are unacceptable can result in death, they are careful not to break the rules, however, they are often tempted due to their partial inability to adapt to this new life.