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The Handmaid’s Tale and Religious Dissent

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Religion is inescapable in Gilead, the fictional land of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The Sons of Jacob bend bible verses to their will, tossing out whole sections and making other things up in an effort to justify their society bent on control and repopulation. Atwood chose the familiarity of American televangelism and fundamental Christianity to ground her dystopian work of fiction in her audience’s reality. This makes the work more immediate, realistic, and devastating.

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