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The Handmaid's Tale
by Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
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1. In Gilead, women are childless wives, fertile handmaids, or domestic Marthas. Discuss each type of woman. How would limiting a woman to just one role change her life?

2. Offred can remember her life before she became a handmaid. How does the story of her life with Luke, when she was able to earn her own money and make her own choices, compare with the life she lived in the Commander's house?

3. What is Margaret Atwood saying about the role of women in the world today? Does she think the creation of a place like Gilead is a possibility? Do you?

4. Is "The Handmaid's Tale" a dystopia? Have you read any other books that could be considered dystopias?

5. Why is the Bible under lock and key in Gilead?

6. In Gilead, babies are called 'keepers,' 'unbabies,' and 'shredders.' What do these terms mean to the people of Gilead? What do they mean to you?

7. Have you seen the movie version of this book? If you have, how did it compare to the book? Were there differences that changed Atwood's story and message?

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