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Distorsion de la réalité, manipulation et jeux de pouvoirs dans le roman de Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale : le guide thématique d’Offred pour survivre

Abstract : Alarmed by the success of the 1970’s sexual revolution, many Americans veered towards a diehard Conservatism, embodied by Ronald Reagan, which threatened women’s human rights. Therefore, in order to criticize Reagan’s antifeminist policies, Margaret Atwood published her first dystopia entitled The Handmaid’s Tale in 1985. Yet, in the novel, the balance of power is not limited to the dichotomy which opposes men’s domination to women’s submission. Indeed, since power is hidden in each and every aspect of the Republic of Gilead, whether it be in the characters’ relationships to language or to landscapes, one caste cannot hold a total monopoly of power. Thus, even the characters who, at first sight, seem to endure the government’s alienation policies in silence develop many strategies in order to keep all the amount of power they can hope for and exercise it over the regime, just like Offred. Therefore, by forging alliances with other oppressed characters and, above all, by having an affair with Nick, Offred is able to regain full possession of her mind and her body. A last offense against the Republic of Gilead which is also the key to her liberation.
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Clément Duclos. Distorsion de la réalité, manipulation et jeux de pouvoirs dans le roman de Margaret Atwood The Handmaid’s Tale : le guide thématique d’Offred pour survivre. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. 2019. ⟨dumas-02174831⟩

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