How to Write a Summary of an Article? Torture and Fear in the Handmaids Tale The action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or to force them to do or say something, or for the pleasure of the person inflicting the pain.
Tristram Kenton Some books haunt the reader. Others haunt the writer. The Handmaid's Tale has done both.
The Handmaid's Tale has not been out of print since it was first published, back in It has sold millions of copies worldwide and has appeared in a bewildering number of translations and editions. It has become a sort of tag for those writing about shifts towards policies aimed at controlling women, and especially women's bodies and reproductive functions: It has been expelled from high schools, and has inspired odd website blogs discussing its descriptions of the repression of women as if they were recipes.
People — not only women — have sent me photographs of their bodies with phrases from The Handmaid's Tale tattooed on them, "Nolite te bastardes carborundorum" and "Are there any questions?
Revellers dress up as Handmaids on Hallowe'en and also for protest marches — these two uses of its costumes mirroring its doubleness. Is it entertainment or dire political prophecy? Can it be both?
I did not anticipate any of this when I was writing the book. I began this book almost 30 years ago, in the spring ofwhile living in West Berlin — still encircled, at that time, by the Berlin Wall.
The book was not called The Handmaid's Tale at first — it was called Offred — but I note in my journal that its name changed on 3 Januarywhen almost pages had been written.
That's about all I can note, however. In my journal there are the usual writerly whines, such as: I chronicle the finding of puffballs, always a source of glee; dinner parties, with lists of those who attended and what was cooked; illnesses, my own and those of others; and the deaths of friends.
There are books read, speeches given, trips made. There are page counts; I had a habit of writing down the pages completed as a way of urging myself on.
But there are no reflections at all about the actual composition or subject matter of the book itself. Perhaps that was because I thought I knew where it was going, and felt no need to interrogate myself.
I recall that I was writing by hand, then transcribing with the aid of a typewriter, then scribbling on the typed pages, then giving these to a professional typist: I finished the book there; the first person to read it was a fellow writer, Valerie Martin, who was also there at that time.
I recall her saying: From 12 September to June all is blank in my journal — there is nothing at all set down, not even a puffball — though by my page-count entries it seems I was writing at white-hot speed.
On 10 June there is a cryptic entry: The book appeared in Canada in the fall of to baffled and sometimes anxious reviews — could it happen here? On 16 November I find another writerly whine: In the UK, which had had its Oliver Cromwell moment some centuries ago and was in no mood to repeat it, the reaction was along the lines of, "Jolly good yarn".
What would be your cover story? It would not resemble any form of communism or socialism: It might use the name of democracy as an excuse for abolishing liberal democracy: Nations never build apparently radical forms of government on foundations that aren't there already.
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