This past spring, turn Summer, TV land has been doing it. Yesterday, Insecure came back on TV (post to follow). The summer lineup is looking amazing swell, with the return of Game of Thrones, Suits, Preacher, Orphan black and Insecure. There’s a show for everyone. The Handmaid’s Tale was one of the good ones.
Without revealing too much, the story is set in the near dystopian future where birthrates have declined and only a few women can have babies. In USA, there was a sudden a war and the winners are a group that enforces their beliefs onto everyone. Unfortunately, this is the sad case that has occurred through history many times before where those with power abuses religion and causes harm onto others, stating it is for God. From what I know, no religious book asks its followers to harm others – anyway that’s another post.
Offred, the heroine of the story that is forced to become a handmaid so that she can be a literal baby oven for the barren wives of the new leaders. “Don’t call me that. That’s not my name.” She rejects the name itself because the name rejects her. It denotes the archaic belief that the women belonged to the men. In the Handmaid’s tail, this is taken in the literal sense – Fred is name of the husband – Off, as in belonging to = Offred
In the Handmaid’s Tale book, Atwood writes about how her time in Berlin, during a time when the wall still existed, influenced her writing and storytelling. She wrote about the paranoia in the air, masked with fake smiles, created a sense of uncertainty. She fed all that into her writing, the coded languages, the bowed heads, the avoided topics in conversations – it was all there. When you get a chance to watch the show, you will understand why the show was such a hit.
You can catch The Handmaid’s Tail on Amazon Prime.P.S Stranger Things will return this Halloween