I've watched the movie;so here goes my view of the movie based on the book of Atwood.
(see down below,how costumes and colors, through time, can vary...moreI've watched the movie;so here goes my view of the movie based on the book of Atwood.
(see down below,how costumes and colors, through time, can vary...)
Once in a discussion* [Times Talks] I’ve heard Atwood jokingly saying what if Canada went “to the dark side”….[all could be explained in terms of the Lord of the Rings terminology]. She was in the company of writers Martin Amis and E.L. Doctorow. Doctorow seriously (I guess) replied: “I could never be afraid of Canada”. In that dialogue Atwood recalled her studies at Harvard and the filling in of her “gap”: American Puritanism literature.
On another occasion Atwood was in the company of Ursula Le Guin in Portland; both were trying to define science-fiction; Atwood said that her novel “The Handmaid’s tale” was speculative-fiction: because “it could really happen”.
With Bill Moyers**, Ursula Le Guin affirmed science-fiction doesn’t contradict science; but Fantasy, being “older”, makes its own rules. ...
Welcome to the Republic of Gilead….in the USA. Women's rights are threatened; population has dropped due to pollution; it's a place in the future beset by sterility…; a society whose only defense is to treat women like livestock; only a few are chosen to bear a child. These serve God. Those who refuse to have a child are “lazy sluts”.
Their Constitution is the Old Testament: a “tout court” interpretation thereof. It’s a world of those conforming and those rebelling; latter ones are chased after by the Angels of Apocalypse forces. The Commander of these forces has got a mission: to “purify this nation”.
The Gilead Republic is the place where you can hear a priest saying in his sermon: “you can give birth to our country”; also the condemnation of: test-tube babies, artificial insemination, genetic engineering, abortion…they’re all human follies, to be punished by God.
So what’s left is a kind prison-institution for women: where they are prepared/indoctrinated to become mothers; to be “fruitful”. They cannot read books. They’ll serve as “incubators”.
The movie (directed by Volker Schlöndorff) is about the story of a woman (once married and having "lost" husband and daughter;apparently they’ve been killed by the Angels….) who gets interned in that “prison”. Now on her name is OFFRED. Right, she’s been offered…as if in a sacrifice ritual. She’ll be the handmaid of a couple, at the Commander’s home; she’ll go through a sort of ritual: she’ll bear his child under his wife consent….(per analogy to sterile Rachel story in Genesis 30).
The “Christian” theocracy surely in this case is a violation…of a mother’s free will.No wonder why the book was banned in some states in the US.
So far very interesting: author drops project of a story in Portugal in 1939, after traveling to Bombay; there, someone suggests him another different...moreSo far very interesting: author drops project of a story in Portugal in 1939, after traveling to Bombay; there, someone suggests him another different story: ...that will make God believed. So far, very good insights on Zoo life. Also on Religions differences (Christianity,Hinduism and Islam) and convergences.Pi is clever, ...and mind-boggling regarding religion's paradoxes; Pi is a master.(less)