Religion in The Handmaid's Tale: A Brief Guide

Religion in The Handmaid's Tale: A Brief Guide

by Colette Tennant

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Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale captivates readers with its disturbingly prescient vision of the future and haunting insights into the world as we know it. Religion--especially elements of the Christian faith--pervades every inch of the world as Atwood imagines it. Gilead's leaders use perverse forms of Christianity to sustain their authority and privilege, making understanding religion an integral part of understanding Gilead. In the face of the inextricable role of religion in the novel, readers are left to puzzle out religious references and allusions on their own.

From the significance of names to twisted uses of religion to the origins of the Ceremony, this book answers all the questions you might have about religion in this prophetic novel. For anyone who's ever googled a biblical precedent or religious phrase after encountering Atwood's dystopia, this essential guide explains it all and gives readers a fascinating look into the novel and its world. Read it and understand The Handmaid's Tale like never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506456317
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 130
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Colette Tennant received her PhD in English from Ohio State University. She is the author of Reading the Gothic in Margaret Atwood's First Seven Novels and the poetry books Commotion of Wings and Eden and After. She is an English professor at Corban University, where she teaches literature and creative writing.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Reading The Handmaid's Tale in the Twenty-First Century

Chapter One: Significance of People and Place Names in The Handmaid's Tale

Chapter Two: Biblical Allusions in The Handmaid's Tale

Chapter Three: Religion Gone Awry in The Handmaid's Tale

Chapter Four: Gender Roles and Politics in The Handmaid's Tale

Chapter Five: The Handmaid's Tale on TV - How the Hulu Series Adapts Atwood's Novel

Appendix: Further Reading

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