"The Handmaid's Tale": Could This Really Happen? Persuasive Essay by Nicky

"The Handmaid's Tale": Could This Really Happen?
An examination of "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood that illustrates its frightening relevance to the contemporary world.
# 144933 | 2,033 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 19, 2010 in Political Science (U.S.) , Literature (Canadian) , Sociology (General) , Women Studies (General)

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The paper outlines Margaret Atwood's novel with its outrageously inhumane and immoral acts against humans, and argues that Atwood's themes embrace a shade of realism throughout the book. The paper links characters, scenes, policies and events found in Atwood's novel with characters, events, policies and scenes in the real world of America today. The paper reveals the millions of women and children in positions of sexual servitude today, the very real possibility of an earthquake causing a catastrophic release of deadly radiation in California, and executive excesses of leadership in the White House, seen in policies regarding Guantanamo Bay, spying on the American nation and setting up secret torture prisons outside the US. The paper contends that while these violations do not equal the brutally enforced totalitarianism in the Atwood novel, they are enough to open society's eyes to the dangers in our world.

Introduction / Thesis
Characters' Dilemmas vs. Real World Dilemmas

From the Paper:

"Meanwhile, on the subject of real world involuntary sexual contact with the opposite sex, there are statistics available through the United Nations that show there are an estimated 250,000 verified rapes annually (in 65 countries). There were, the UN reports, 95,136 reported rapes in the U.S. in 2002. In the UK, there were 13,395; in South Africa 52,425 and in Canada 24,350. These are only reported rapes, and experts believe far more rapes occur than are actually reported to authorities (www.unodc.org/pdf/crime/eighthsurvey/8sv.pdf). These are women who did not consent to allow a man to have sex with them, and likely many of those rapes were conducted with the threat of being injured, or killed, if they didn't cooperate in some way.
"As to sexual slavery in the world, according to ABC News (Thomas, et al, 2007), there are over 800,000 people "bought, sold, and smuggled" throughout the world each year, many of them unfortunately become sexual slaves. In 2005, a smuggling cartel (Carreto) promised "scores of poor women from Mexico" a chance to get married and enjoy a better life in America. But unfortunately, instead of marriage and a good life they were forced into sexual slavery, forced to charge $25 to $35 per "date" and were beaten regularly to remind them not to try to escape."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Associated Press. "Millions Suffer in Sex Slavery." Retrieved from Newsmax.com, http://archive.newsmax.com. 2001.
  • Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986.
  • Daniel, Stacy. "New fault discovered near Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant." KSBY News.Retrieved December 2, 2008, from http://www.ksby.com. 2008.
  • Domville, Eric. "The Handmaid's Detail: Notes on the Novel and Opera." University ofToronto Quarterly 75.3 (2006): 869-882.
  • Neuman, Shirley. "Just a Backlash: Margaret Atwood, Feminism, and the Handmaid's Tale."University of Toronto Quarterly 75.3 (2006): 857-868.

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