The StoryThe story of The Handmaid's Tale is categorized as speculative fiction or futurism. The disturbing reality of The Handmaid's Tale is the reality of history when any group, government, country or sector persecute any group of citizens who do not meet a defined criteria.
Gilead is the fictional world where woman and men are categorized into well defined roles. Offred is the main character kidnapped from the United States and transported into a dystopian society of which women who can bare children (handmaidens) are the only priority so the society can repopulate.
The handmaidens' are assigned to high ranked Commanders with wives unable to conceive. The handmaidens' role is to conceive a child by the Commander and then give the child to the couple after birth.
The complexity of the story further evolves with the emotions and interactions between the Commanders, the wives, the family, the handmaidens and all those involved in each Commander's goal to have a child. All are intertwined and though the characters are neatly categorized into roles, the emotions of each differ markedly as well as the varying interactions between the classes of Gilead and its' rules.
The Drama And It's Characters
The emotional and physical brutality of the television series I found difficult to watch. The powerful acting vests you into the plot and the characters. If you like strong character driven books, movies or television series you will vest in these characters as presented and for the future.
- The dystopian society of Gilead is scary, thought provoking, disturbing and yet compelling.
- Thought provoking to events of history and could it happen again?
- Disturbing because of the violence and intolerance of anyone 'not like them.'
- Scary to think of the power and misuse of power to propel unwilling members of society to an unwanted goal.
- Compelling because of the acting which brings you into their world so effectively it compels you to think of the above questions and thoughts.
Where To View A Handmaid's Tale?This is an original series by Hulu, so a membership is required to view the current season or past episodes of season one or two. Season three began in June 2019.
However, Amazon members can stream seasons one and two and the third season will be released after its' first run on Netflix. The series is available here to purchase per episode or per season.
To date A Handmaid's Tale has over 14,000 reviews on Amazon, is a number one New York Times best seller and a sequel The Testaments is anticipated for September 2019.
The end of season one of the television series correlated to the end of the book. The Testaments is Ms. Atwoord's voice as to the future of the main character Offred and the society of Gilead.
Books Similar In Theme To A Handmaid's Tale
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
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