The Gileadean Religion: Sex and God
An analysis of Margaret Atwood’s book, `The Handmaid’s Tale` and how it portrays women and their role in a nightmarish future.
`The events of sexuality and religion are linked throughout Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale. The representation of this dormant sexuality between a man and two women derives from lack of love and compassion towards a human being. Atwood uses many flashbacks to show the reader how gender and sexuality have influenced the society of Gilead. But beneath all the acts of seduction, desire, patriarchal power, and a numb population of cold men there is a large aspect of religion beneath the entire story’s plot. Issues of male superiority lead the reader to believe that men are evil and cruel towards women. Women in this society are just simply there for men’s amusement.`