The Hand Maid’s Tale and An Inconvenient Truth Literary Essay
The environmental future Atwood predicted in “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the reality of our planet’s condition as presented in Gore’s 2006 film, “An Inconvenient Truth” summon important issues regarding the consequences of man’s irresponsible and mindless relationship it has long kept with its’ environment.
As we sit down and compare the novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore we can come to the frightening conclusion that this book which was once written in fiction, can know be related to Al Gore’s environmental crisis documentary. As we are starting to be aware of the global environmental issue, people everywhere are starting to take action to help our environment. Yet, what is important to consider is that our bodies are directly linked to our environment and that the more damaged our environment is, the more health problems we will have. It has already been proven through Italian researchers that traffic pollution causes significantly weaker sperm (Science Blog). This can immediately be linked to “The Handmaid’s Tale” as our pollution is starting to directly affect our ability to reproduce, which in itself, becomes a very scary thought. Not only that, but it has been reported that millions of children worldwide die from acute respiratory infections, malaria, diarrheal disease, acute pesticide poisoning and more caused by pollution (Pollution Kills). The effort that is being given worldwide to help the cause of environment is significant yet still not enough if we want to save ourselves from extreme consequences.
The movie an “Inconvenient Truth” is an environmental documentary which reveals important facts to the general public as to how serious the problem of global warming has become. One of the metaphors he uses when presenting the facts is the one of the frog in the boiling water. While this probably isn’t anything new to you, I...