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Summary and Analysis of The Handmaid's Tale

So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Handmaid’s Tale tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Margaret Atwood’s book.
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This short summary and analysis of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood includes:
Historical contextPart-by-part summariesAnalysis of the main charactersThemes and symbolsImportant quotesFascinating triviaGlossary of termsSupporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work 
About Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale:
Margaret Atwood’s dystopian literary masterpiece tells the story of Offred, a Handmaid living in the near future in what was once the United States. A new theocratic regime called the Republic of Gilead has come to power and changed life as she knew it.
Once Offred had a her own name and a loving family—a husband and daughter—both of which were taken from her; now she belongs to the Commander and his hostile wife, and her only value lies in her ability to bear a child for them. She used to read books and learn; now such things are forbidden to all women.
Gripping, disturbing, and so relevant today, The Handmaid’s Tale is a brilliant novel and a chilling warning about what can happen when extreme ideas are taken to their logical conclusions.
The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of fiction.
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    horribly, the typical response is to feel that such things can’t happen to you. This is Offred’s explanation of that phenomenon. In The Handmaid’s Tale, there is a secondary meaning: The Handmaids are literally marginalia. They’re sidelined from everything except childbearing, and once they’re too old for that, they are discarded.
    “Better never means better for everyone.
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    that of wife to a lower-class man; such women play all the female roles which are performed separately by Marthas, Wi

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