History Literature / TheHandmaidsTale

24th Jan '16 10:21:32 PM shamblingdead2
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* GirlOnGirlIsHot : Discussed. Moira refers to Jezebel's as "butch paradise," and the women can have sex, if they want. --> Hell, they encourage it. Besides, it sort of turns (the commanders) on.
24th Jan '16 9:31:12 PM shamblingdead2
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** Speak for yourself. In fact, the state of American politics in 2016 makes the novel seem even more [[http://www.feedyourneedtoread.com/feature/gloria-steinem-on-the-handmaids-tale/ plausible]].
24th Jan '16 9:25:33 PM shamblingdead2
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** Many of the characters also have meaningful names. For example, Frederick means "Peace Ruler." Nicholas means Victory of the People (good name for a rebel). The Marthas are named for the biblical Martha (which means "Lady"), who cooked supper and fussed over guests while her sister Mary listened to Jesus. Moira is an Irish form of Mary, which means "bitter" and has many Biblical connections. In the first chapter, we're given the name [[spoiler: June. June is the month of marriages and named for the goddess Juno, who rules marriage and childbirth but is also a military symbol]].

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield : The story is set in an unnamed American city, but certain clues point to it being Cambridge, Massachussetts.
16th Jan '16 3:14:08 AM Anddrix
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The book is named in the fashion of the stories from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. [[ViewersAreMorons In case you didn't figure this out, it's explicitly spelled out in the epilogue]].
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: The book is named in the fashion of the stories from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''. [[ViewersAreMorons In case you didn't figure this out, it's explicitly spelled out in the epilogue]].epilogue.
22nd Nov '15 9:11:25 PM FiddlersFingers
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Corrected mention of Lilies of the Field; it's a clothing shop, not a florist's. Also added note that Marx's quote is altered subtly in the book.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Gileadian society is full of it. Notably, the ThemeNaming of the grocery shops; the bakery is called Daily Bread (TruthInTelevision, but it is rather an obvious name), the butcher All Flesh, the florist Lilies of the Field, etc. ** Subverted slightly when Offred recounts how they are told that Marx's "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" is Biblical (perhaps they believe Acts 2:44-45 inspired it, as some have theorized).
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* AsTheGoodBookSays: Gileadian society is full of it. Notably, the ThemeNaming of the grocery shops; the bakery is called Daily Bread (TruthInTelevision, but it is rather an obvious name), the butcher All Flesh, the florist women's clothing store Lilies of the Field, etc. ** Subverted slightly when Offred recounts how they are told that a version of Marx's "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" (altered to the gender-specific "From each according to ''her'' ability, to each according to ''his'' need") is Biblical (perhaps they believe Acts 2:44-45 inspired it, as some have theorized).

** Earlier in the novel, a group of Japanese tourists are being led around Gilead, looking frankly disbelieving about the whole thing. They ask Offred for a picture; when she hesitates, the tour guide explains they have a different culture. She's actually just afraid of getting into trouble.
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** Earlier in the novel, a group of Japanese tourists are being led around Gilead, looking frankly disbelieving about the whole thing. They ask Offred for a picture; when she hesitates, refuses, the tour guide explains they have a different culture. She's actually just afraid of getting into trouble.
19th Nov '15 8:34:43 PM 20person
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** [[Spoiler:The epilogue seems to imply that she had been rescued and survived to tell her story]]
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19th Nov '15 8:34:03 PM 20person
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**[[Spoiler:The epilogue seems to imply that she had been rescued and survived to tell her story]]
3rd Nov '15 4:05:48 PM DavidDelony
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* ShootTheDog: Luke kills Offred's cat before the family tries to escape to Canada, as they can't take it with them and they can't leave it behind.
19th Oct '15 5:21:44 AM Folamh3
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* TheHorseshoeEffect: The book depicts radical feminists as having colluded with far-right religious fundamentalists in the foundation of a theocratic state, owing to their common ground on issues such as pornography, prostitution etc.

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12th Oct '15 6:32:59 PM loracarol
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* DeathByAdaptation: Offred's ([[spoiler: Kate]] in the movie) husband is shot to death by the soldiers while the family stops during their escape from Gilead, this is in contrast to the novel where there is still a 50% chance of him being alive.
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* DeathByAdaptation: Offred's ([[spoiler: Kate]] ([[spoiler:Kate]] in the movie) husband is shot to death by the soldiers while the family stops during their escape from Gilead, this is in contrast to the novel where there is still a 50% chance of him being alive.
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