Leadership and Power in the Handmaid's Tale Essay

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In today’s world people always imagine being successful as having lots of power such as owning a business, being CEO, or running some type of system in our society. Being on top of everyone is what most people’s goal is because of the power you have. There are many examples of this in literature. We can clearly see this being depicted in Margret Atwood’s novel "The Handmaids Tale”. In the novel we see how much a woman can be suppressed so that men can have all the power. Even though the men have all the power in the novel, women seek power against each other instead of trying to combine as one and combat men. This goes to show that woman and men are very attracted to power in any situation. In the novel women are put into sub-categories such as the Wives, the Handmaids and the Marthas. . These categories represent something in each society and each one had more power than the other. Through the novel the sub-categories of women are significant because of the way each one is seen in the Gilead society. The Wives in the story had the most power within the women. These women had kids and that was there only job. Although men only saw these women as just a body to use to bear a child, all other women were jealous of them As we read on we can see that the Marthas of the story are the most under privileged of the women. They cannot have kids and are seen as a waste of a human body in the novel. Men keep these women suppressed under very strict rules. All women are color coded which goes to show that women are seen as objects instead of as a human being with natural rights. One of the ways that the Marthas are suppressed is that they cannot interact with either Wives or Handmaids. In the novel the Marthas work in the house as maids. This is where we see power come into place; obviously women are jealous of other women because of their right to bear children. One of

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