"This helpful guide will equip readers to appreciate the rich layers of irony in Atwood’s dark, timely dystopian vision. It invites deeper reflection on the emotional and social complexities of gender roles, uses and abuses of power, and the dangers of misreading."
Religion in The Handmaid's Tale
A Brief Guide
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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale captivates readers with its disturbingly prescient vision of the future and haunting insights into the world as we know it. Religion-- especially elements of the Christian faith-- pervades every inch of the world as Atwood imagines it. Gilead's leaders use perverse forms of Christianity to sustain their authority and privilege, making understanding religion an integral part of understanding Gilead. In the face of the inextricable role of religion in the novel, readers are left to puzzle out religious references and allusions on their own.
From the significance of names to twisted uses of religion to the origins of the Ceremony, this book answers all the questions you might have about religion in this prophetic novel. For anyone who's ever googled a biblical precedent or religious phrase after encountering Atwood's dystopia, this essential guide explains it all and gives readers a fascinating look into the novel and its world. Read it and understand The Handmaid's Tale like never before.