Examples Of Allusion In The Handmaid's Tale

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The Handmaids Tale Sahar Khan Throughout years of history, perversion of religion has existed in every society and every religion. Take 9/11 for example, many lives were taken and who was blamed for it? The Islamic fanatics. Terrorism has been portrayed as a belief in Islam, when it has been proven not to be true. The Holy Bible in the same manner can be misinterpreted in many ways as well. The deceptive views of the Holy Bible can lead to oppression so that women may think and use religion as being just a source. The novel The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood discusses the misuse of religion as a supreme source of oppression and superiority. Allusion in this novel has been shown to make connections between Gilead and the Bible itself,…show more content…
A place where there is absolute belief in religion and reproduction and where women are forced to cover themselves but at the same time are committing sinful sexual acts such as adultery sounds like a society which is inexplicable. The Handmaid’s Tale portrays a Biblical society named Gilead. The element allusion is used in the Handmaid’s Tale to show how higher officials can pervert the religion to their own benefit. Also the ceremony that takes place between the Commander, Offred and Serena Joy has another Biblical allusion. A part during the ceremony is where the commander sheepishly only reads parts of the Bible, and those parts only emphasize reproduction and childbearing – “It the usual story the usual stories. God to Adam, God to Noah. Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Then comes the mouldy old Rachel and Leah stuff we had drummed into us at the centre. Give me children, or else I die. Am I in God’s stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb? Behold my maid Bilhah. She shall put bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.” (Atwood, pg. 110) This quote shows how in the novel there are many wrongful deeds that occur and they easily

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